Scabbit Isle

Scabbit Isle

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The first time Sam sees the mysterious figure of Janet she vanishes into the deserted fields beyond the town where nothing has ever been built. Sam learns that centuries before this was the place to which plague victims were banished - Scabbit Isle - a place of terror. With the help of Mr Carruthers, the old curator of the local museum, Sam gradually uncovers the horror of Janet's story - consigned to Scabbit Isle by her cruel father and abandoned by her weak lover, Janet suffers without hope. She will continue to do so, if she can't find someone who, for love, will risk all to enter the plague colony to release her. Janet seems to be beckoning Sam to help her and a tragedy within Sam's own family brings Sam even closer to Janet's fate. Janet is the same age that Sam's twin sister Alice would have been had she not been killed in an accident. It is a loss from which Sam's father, in particular,has never recovered. Can Sam summon up the courage to face the terrors of Scabbit Isle and, like Orpheus, venture into the underworld to bring Janet peace?
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Product details

  • 9+
  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 132 x 199 x 17mm | 109g
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 055254986X
  • 9780552549868
  • 2,216,901

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How far would you go to save another's soul?

'It almost appeared as if she were waiting for me. Whether it was some movement of her head, a hand slightly raised that signalled her expectancy, I can't remember now, though it was enough to convince me there was something more here than a case of mistaken identity.'

The first time Sam sees the mysterious girl, she vanishes into the deserted fields beyond the town. Centuries before, this was the place to which plague victims were banished, a place of unspeakable terror - Scabbit Isle. Gradually Sam uncovers the horror of the girl's story, which seems somehow linked to his own.

A first novel by Tom Pow - Scottish Arts Council's Children's Book Award Winner, 2001`
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"This book is a rich and humbling experience on many levels"
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"Three strands of narrative are pleasingly woven together in this gentle and moving short novel" The School Librarian "This book is a rich and humbling experience on many levels" Carousel
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About Tom Pow

Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh. He studied at the University of St Andrews before teaching English in schools in Edinburgh, London, Madrid and Dumfries where he now lives with his wife and two children. He has taken up Writer's Bursaries to travel to South America and Africa and spent 1992-3 as Scottish/Canadian Writing Fellow based at the University of Alberta. In 1999 he went part time to concentrate on his writing. Tom was Scotland's first Virtual Writer in Residence and first ever Writer in Residence at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in 2001. Primarily a poet Tom has also written a travel book, radio plays a substantial amount of Journalism and two picture books for children.
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