The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

By Elizabeth Laird
Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547341262, 423pp.

Publication Date: April 2011

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In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.
Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king's men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process. Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.

About the Author
Elizabeth Laird has written numerous illustrated books for children inspired by ageless stories from Asia and Africa, including "Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings", "Pea Boy and Other Stories from Iran", and "A Fistful of Pearls and Other Stories from Iraq". She has been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal in Literature. Elizabeth lives in Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom.

Praise For The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

"This is a beautifully crafted novel to be savored for its symbolic language, historical atmosphere, and vivid characters."—School Library Journal, starred review   "Laird celebrates courage, survival, and the spark of independence that carries Maggie through."—Publishers Weekly   "Fine and effortless prose, creating instantly gripping characters and setting ."—Kirkus Reviews

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