The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird

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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 Elizabeth Laird

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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.
Published April 18, 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 437 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The political and religious turbulence of late 17th-century Scotland provides the setting for the hard, somber story of 16-year-old Maggie Blair, orphaned as a toddler and raised by her angry, impious grandmother on the Isle of Bute.

Feb 28 2011 | Read Full Review of The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Portland Book Review

Using Maggie and her family as the focal point, Laird ably shows the injustices that frequently happened during that time, including witch trials, religious persecution and deplorable punishments and prison standards.

Aug 17 2011 | Read Full Review of The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Escape in a Book

I am sure I have read a different book by this author but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.

Sep 30 2011 | Read Full Review of The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

Teen Writers Blog

Maggie Blair is an isolated, illiterate girl who lives alone with her mean grandmother on a tiny island in 17th century Scotland.

Jun 15 2011 | Read Full Review of The Betrayal of Maggie Blair

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