The Wreckers (The High Seas Trilogy)

by Iain Lawrence

Paperback, 1999



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Yearling (1999), Edition: First Edition Thus, 224 pages


Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.


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224 p.; 5.2 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member bfet
Thrillers have the rush of high, crashing waves that knock the breath right out of you. Thrillers make you feel as though you yourself are going to dive into the depths of turmoil that the main character is about to really do. Thrillers make your fingers rush to flip the next page in order to find
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out what happens on the next page. The Wreckers, by Iain Lawrence, has all the makings of a good thriller. Cornwall is the evil town on a cliff overlooking the sea, and the evil ones in that town falsely lure ships into the deathly rocks. The supplies and money on board the shipwreck are then stolen once the ship has been destroyed, and this is where the title The Wreckers is derived from. But the wreckers do not count on anyone surviving the ship’s terrible fate, that is, until John Spencer came around, the sole survivor…or was he the only survivor? With the help of his newfound friendship with Mary, John sets out to find his father, and in his search he learns a lot more than that. And, of course, as in all thrillers, he experiences a lot more than a little search. This adventure will leave boys running to the library to pick up the next two books of the great trilogy.
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LibraryThing member dfullmer
A series and entertaining book about the practice that did exist of villages luring boats ashore to plunder them.
LibraryThing member JohnD4
There was a boy that was on the shore because of a Wrecked ship and he had to get away because all the survivors were killed so that the people who lived on the coast got all the money and wine and all the stuff that floated ashore from the wreckage.
This book is a good read.
LibraryThing member alliek710
Interesting book, that I think would be good for middle schoolers or late elementary school. has a lot of death and treachery that they might not understand.
LibraryThing member dreamerenglish2
Robert H. - I liked this book a lot, but there were some parts where Lain Lawrence had too much detail. Also, since the book was in an older time there was older language too and sometimes I couldn't understand the word. The book has a great plot, and there is some suspence in it. One example was
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in the beginning when John, the main character, was being hunted down by a mob of people.
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LibraryThing member jazzberry
High interest adventure. Historical language a little rough as well.
LibraryThing member joeydag
Written in 1998, it has the feel of a classic young teen adventure tale. Set in 1799 on the English coast, a 14 year old has a violent adventure after a shipwreck. Inspired by Treasure Island.




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