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The Smugglers (1999)

by Iain Lawrence

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In nineteenth-century England, after his father buys a schooner called the Dragon, sixteen-year-old John sets out to sail it from Kent to London and becomes involved in a dangerous smuggling scheme.
Series: High seas trilogy, 2
Lexile: 640
  211Fern | Jan 12, 2011 |
An adventurous tale with engaging, colorful characters, The Smugglers begins with a robbery staged by a highwayman and then sets sail on the high seas with Captain Crowe, a last minute replacement for the murdered captain, Dashing Tommy Dusker, and John Spencer, the sixteen-year-old protagonist and son of the ship's owner. The schooner itself, the Dragon, began with the bloody death of an innocent one and has forever carried with it this unfavorable beginning. Though the Dragon's mission is a direct trip to London with a cargo of wool, she detours to France for a second cargo of illicit liquor and encounters drifting dead bodies, ships in pursuit of her, and malicious warnings at every turn. The story's great strength is its realistic seafaring-dialogue such as "The fog's no high enough to hide the masts. Dasher, get aloft; "Ye've got the wheel." The mysterious characters, who's good and who's evil, will keep the reader guessing. In the classroom students will simply enjoy the page-turning plot; however, the story also lends itself to teaching the historial importance of the sea and its ships to powerful nations like France and England. ( )
  cmckee | Apr 13, 2008 |
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For my nephews and my nieces, Andrew and Iain, Lisa, Erin, and Shauna, and all those who sailed with them on the little ship Connection
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A swashbuckling thriller, part two of THE HIGH SEAS ADVENTURES, set on the oceans of the eighteenth century -- drama, horror, adventure! "Steer clear of that ship," warns the mysterious gentleman who shares the coach to Dover with John Spencer and his father. "Death she'll bring you. It's the way of a ship that was christened in blood." This is an ominous introduction to the schooner John is about to be entrusted with for a voyage north to London. But he's too charmed by the pretty Dragon to heed the advice. The ship looks clever and quick, and John, now sixteen, can't wait to sail her. She was a smugglers' vessel once, but that was in the past. Now she's the Spencers' Dragon, and she will proudly carry wool for honest trade. But soon John will be forced to consider the gentleman's warning. Could a ship that's seen a smuggling run truly be spoiled for anything else? And what does John really know about his "bonny" crew of four? Alive with breathtaking action and unforgettable characters, this companion to The Wreckers is masterfully entertaining -- a rousing nautical adventure full of danger and surprise.
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"Steer clear of that ship," warns the mysterious gentleman who shares a coach with John and his father. "Death she'll bring you," says the man. "It's the way of a ship that was christened with blood."

This is an ominous introduction to the schooner John is about to be entrusted with for a voyage to London. But he's too charmed by the pretty Dragon to heed the advice. The ship looks clever and quick, and John can hardly wait to sail her. She was a smugglers' vessel once, but now she's his Dragon, and she'll proudly carry wool for honest trade.

But soon John will be forced to consider the gentleman's warning. And to wonder what he really knows about his bonny crew.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:50:33 -0400)

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In eighteenth-century England, after his father buys a schooner called the Dragon, sixteen-year-old John sets out to sail it from Kent to London and becomes involved in a dangerous smuggling scheme.

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