Life is not easy for children in 1811. Annie Spears is a maid at Dinham house where Lucien Bonaparte is on parole. Her brother, William, makes silk top-hats for the mad hatter, while her little sister works as a glove-maker for the despicable Leonard Evans. They have not heard from their father since he was transported to Australia years ago.
When a fire destroys the Spears home and William and Annie are accused of theft, they take to the hills with Sam, the chimney sweep, trying to make their way to the sea. But great danger and deceptions lie ahead …
Winner of a BISTO MERIT AWARD
PRAISE FOR THE LANTERN MOON
‘Maeve Friel is one of the most important Irish children’s novelists to emerge in the 1990s and The Lantern Moon is among her finest achievements. It successfully combines character, action and atmosphere … This reprint is most welcome.’ Celia Keenan, director of the MA in Children’s Literature at St Patrick’s College, Dublin
‘Maeve Friel’s children’s novels are written with style … The Lantern Moon is one of her very best titles, vigorously bringing history and its cast of credible characters and incidents assuredly to life.’ Robert Dunbar,commentator on children’s books and reading
‘Friel has a writerly instinct for resonant images.’ Mary Shine Thompson, Irish Times
‘I thought that Lantern Moon was really cool; it brought you back in time, to another world entirely. It was always easy to relate to the characters though, and even after I put it down for the night I was still thinking about what was going to happen next. It was really well written and sometimes it was almost as if you were there.’ Bríd, age 14, Co. Leitrim
‘… the story moves along at a good pace [with] plenty of action and suspense …’ Inis magazine
Maeve Friel was born in Derry and educated in Dublin where she sometimes lives -- when she\'s not in Spain (or elsewhere; she gets around). She is a well-known Irish children\'s writer, the creator of the popular Tiger Lily trilogy and the Witch-in-Training series (all books for younger children, published in the UK) and has been the recipient of many awards including the Hennessy Award, the Bisto Award and the Reading Association of Ireland Award for books for older children.Her books have been translated into many languages. She once lived in Ludlow where her children\'s book, The Lantern Moon, is set.