The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

By Elizabeth Laird
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547341262, 432pp.)

Publication Date: April 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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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 been nominated five times for the Carnegie Medal and has won numerous awards, including the Children’s Book Award. She and her husband divide their time between London and Edinburgh.

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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