Thrills on high seas

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 March, 2006, 12:00am

The year is 1800 and Great Britain is at war with Spain and France. In the seas between the three countries, great war ships hunt for battles in the mists.

Young Sam Witchall is desperate to leave the quiet life of his country village and take up an adventurous life at sea. He gets a job on a merchant ship, but is soon press-ganged into joining the fighting crew of a war ship.

Sam becomes one of the ship's powder monkeys - young boys who are in charge of the gunpowder that is loaded into the canons. This is a dangerous job. The powder monkey before Sam was killed in an explosion.

Paul Dowswell's thrilling Powder Monkey is a tense, action-packed roller-coaster ride into the past. Guns blaze, canons fire and heads roll.

This rip-roaring tale of danger on the high seas has great appeal for readers of all ages. Get on board and enjoy the explosive thrills of this excellent historical novel.

Powder Monkey

By Paul Dowswell

Published by Bloomsbury

ISBN 0 7475 7704 8