Pirates and crooked rulers make seventeenth-century Ireland a dangerous place. Tom’s father has had savage losses in business and his whole world is under pressure. Tom starts mixing with smugglers in Roaringwater Bay and learns all about boats and smuggling – and secret treasure. And then Tom discovers the best-kept secret of all ...
Category: Children's fiction, Historical Fiction
Adventure, Issues, Family Relationships, Friendships, Personal Challenge, History
Pirates and crooked rulers make seventeenth-century Ireland a dangerous place.
When Tom feels rejected by his father, he finds a secret second family among the group of smugglers who trade in and around Roaringwater Bay.
Though Tom doesn’t know it, his family in the Big House is under huge pressure. His father has had savage losses in business; his mother is always sad and worried, and his sisters have no hopes for a good future. This is seventeenth-century Ireland when cut-throat interests control everybody and everything, and land-grabbing is the order of the day. Friend turns into foe, and loyalty counts for nothing.
From his new family, Tom learns all about boats and smuggling – and secret treasure. And then Tom discovers the best-kept secret of all ...
for those fascinated by Irish history
universal and timeless plot situations, coupled with interesting characters, make this title as relevant to today’s readers as if it were set in the 21st century … an appealing tale for a broad audience
'interesting and compelling'
'offers a fascinating and imaginative insight into 17th century Ireland with the excitement and romanticism of smugglers, caves and treasure'
'I'd recommend it for readers 10+ and definitely to those who like a smattering of history with their adventure'
'it intrigued me'
'well written historical novel'
'Llywelyn has established herself as the leading writer of Irish historical novels for children'
'Dark family secrets, tangled webs of greed: you’ll love this smuggling adventure story'
'Cave of Secrets is Llywelyn at her best'
'(Llywelyn) skillfully weaves fiction with historical fact'
'a rip-roaring yarn of loyalty and betrayal, pirates and smugglers'
'children of ten plus will ... enjoy the exciting story'
'a must read for ages 10+ and beyond'
'a thrilling adventure set in Ireland in the 1700's, full of adventure, suspense, deadly enemies and great friendships'
'will have the reader gripped'
'brings history to life in a compelling and accessible way'
'excitement and adventure'
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