Sunday, December 17, 2006

Lawrence, Iain. The convicts

Lawrence, Iain. The convicts. Delacorte, 2005 [0-385-73087-x]
Once again Lawrence has written a wonderful tale of 19th century England. Here we have Tom whose sailing father is sent off to prison, is convicted of a crime he didn't do sentenced to a prison ship docked in the river. Life on the ship is very harsh where Tom makes enemies and close friendships. Many of the enemies he makes are because of a mistaken identity. Eventually he is to be "transported" with other boys. On the ship he has a major surprise coming. As other reviewers have said, this 198 page book has a very Dickens feel to it. It is a great story for your historical fiction readers. Note: This book is not related to "The Wreckers" trilogy.


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