New edition of the well-loved children's book by Sam McBratney. A young boy fostered with a remote Irish tribe 1500 years ago becomes involved with local feuds, with the ideas of the wandering Christian missionary, and with his beloved Frann - the Chieftain's daughter. A strong story told in simple language which brings you back to Irish tribal times.
Sam McBratney sums up his post-war childhood as short trousers, Fair Isle jumper, the 11 plus and grammar school. He taught at a secondary school himself for a while and was a primary school teacher.
He is the author of numerous books for children and young adults, published internationally, including The Green Kids. In 1993 he won a BISTO Award for Put a Saddle on the Pig, published by Methuen, and also received the Bass Ireland Arts Prize. He is married, with three grown up children, and an ancient tortoise!
Powerful ... subtly conveyed sense of time and place
One of the best and most perceptive writers for young people
A complex and moving story
The Irish Times
The characters are so real that even when you put the book down, you find yourself still living in the fifth century.
Sam McBratney brings the fifth century vividly and startlingly to life.
The School Librarian
One of the 'Top ten Irish books from cradle to college, recommended by Celia Keenan
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