Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith's Daughter, longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. Tanya lives in Bideford, Devon, with her husband and their two sons. Visit Tanya at www.tanyalandman.com.
Exploring prejudice and the corruption of the ruling classes, this absolutely gripping stuff. It can only be good news that more readers will find Landman's books thanks to her Carnegie success. * The Bookseller *
This is a truly exciting story with a hero that we really want to succeed. [...] We can hear the cries of the sailors and stall holders and smell the aromas of the sea. [...] Yet another brilliant book from this Carnegie winning author. * The School Librarian *
This is a demanding, but highly satisfying, read. * IBW Children's Book Guide, The Bookseller *
"This book has a gripping plot but you have to know it is set in the past - 250 years ago. Great use of description crating atmosphere, and the end is very satisfying!" * Teen Titles, reader review *
"Murder and mystery abound in this engrossing and atmospheric tale set in 18th-century England.[...]. In her latest novel, Carnegie Medalist Landman (Buffalo Soldier, 2014) crafts a scintillating story of corruption headed by a winsome and tenacious protagonist. The author's concise descriptions of the sea's frightening vastness, the confining and insulated spirit of the small English town, and the provincial xenophobic attitudes of its denizens are almost cinematic in scope. Often mistaken for a slave, Caleb must endure whispers and pointed racism that are as historically accurate as they are disheartening. So riveting that the pages seem to turn of their own accord." * Kirkus, starred review *