The Cannibals by Iain Lawrence

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As Tom Tin nears Australia, where he’s to serve a lengthy sentence for a murder he didn’t commit, he and his fellow convict, Midgely, plot their escape. No matter that the ship carrying them and the other juvenile criminals is captained by Tom’s father. Tom knows his father can’t help him clear his name and regain his freedom–not as long as Mr. Goodfellow, a man who wants the ruin of the Tin family, wields power back in London. So Tom and Midgely decide to go overboard! So do other boys who seize their chance at liberty–boys who aren’t so innocent, and who have it in for Tom.
To make things worse, the islands in the Pacific look inviting, but Tom remembers his father’s warnings: headhunters and cannibals lurk there! The boys go anyway. And as conflict among them mounts, as they encounter the very dangers Captain Tin spoke of, Tom must fight to keep himself and Midgely alive.

About Iain Lawrence

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Iain Lawrence is the author of numerous acclaimed novels for young people, including The Convicts, B for Buster, The Lightkeeper’s Daughter, Lord of the Nutcracker Men, Ghost Boy, and the High Seas Trilogy: The Wreckers, The Smugglers, and The Buccanneers.From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 25, 2009 by Laurel Leaf. 242 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel, History. Fiction

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Fifth-grader Mike narrates the horrors that he and friends Kenny and Pratt imagine are behind an old monastery's walls.

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In this sequel to The Convicts (April, 2005) a tangled fate has made Tom Tin’s father his jailer on a ship heading to Australia, where Tom will serve a lengthy prison term for a murder he didn’t commit.

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Beginning where Lawrence's The Convicts left off, this dark sequel continues the saga of Tom Tin, a 19th-century British lad, who was mistaken for his criminal twin and unjustly imprisoned.

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Young Tom Tin has been wrongly accused of murder by a powerful man in London who wants both Tom and his father out of the city.

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