Raiders' Ransom (Hardcover)

By Emily Diamand

Chicken House, 9780545142977, 334pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2009

Winter 2009 Kids' List

“In a futuristic England that is almost entirely underwater, people have long forgotten the power of technology, except for a dangerous few to whom it is worth any ransom - even the prime minister's daughter. Raiders' Ransom has a swiftly moving plot that will surprise readers over and over again.”
— Ellen Davis, Dragonwings Bookstore, Waupaca, WI
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Winner of the inaugural Chicken House/London Times Children's Fiction Competition, which called it "a funny, clever, towering adventure."

It's the 22nd century and, because of climate change, much of England is underwater. Poor Lilly is out fishing with her trusty sea-cat when greedy raiders pillage the town--and kidnap the prime minister's daughter. Her village blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl. Off she sails, in secret. And with a ransom: a mysterious talking jewel. "If I save his daughter," Lilly reasons, "the prime minister's sure to reward me." Little does Lilly know that it will take more than grit to outwit the tricky, treacherous piratical tribes.

About the Author

EMILY DIAMAND is a lifelong environmental activist, and her concern for the earth greatly influenced the story of RAIDERS' RANSOM, her debut novel and the winner of the inaugural London Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition. She lives with her husband and son in Yorkshire, England.