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"The Crew Of The Water Wagtail"

By: R.M. Ballantyne
Published By: Double9 Books
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"The Crew of the Water Wagtail" is an adventurous novel written by R. M. Ballantyne, a prolific Scottish author, and published in 1869. This story follows the thrilling maritime journey of a group of young boys aboard the Water Wagtail, a small sailing vessel. Set in the 19th century, the tale begins when a group of boys from various backgrounds decide to form a crew and also embark on a sailing expedition along the Scottish coast. Led by the intrepid Jack Robson, and the boy’s face numerous challenges and including rough weather, treacherous tides, and encounters with pirates. Throughout the novel, Ballantyne skillfully weaves themes of camaraderie, courage, and also determination. The boys learn valuable life lessons and also demonstrate their resourcefulness in handling the difficulties that arise during their voyage. As the crew of the Water Wagtail navigates through thrilling escapades and unexpected dangers, they showcase resilience and teamwork. Along the way, they forge unbreakable bonds and other one demonstrate the indomitable spirit of youth. ­­

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R.M. Ballantyne

R. M. Ballantyne was a Scottish writer of young adult literature who produced more than a hundred books between 24 April 1825 and 8 February 1894. He was also a skilled artist; some of his watercolors were on display at the Royal Scottish Academy. The ninth of ten children and youngest son of Alexander Thomson Ballantyne (1776-1847) and his wife Anne, Ballantyne was born in Edinburgh on April 24, 1825. (1786-1855). Robert's uncle James Ballantyne (1772-1833) was Sir Walter Scott's printer, and Alexander worked as a newspaper editor and printer in the family business "Ballantyne & Co" based at Paul's Works on the Canongate. The family is documented to have resided at 20 Fettes Row in Edinburgh's northern New Town in 1832-1833. The Ballantyne printing company collapsed the next year with debts of £130,000 as a result of a UK-wide banking crisis, which caused a decrease in the family's finances. Ballantyne moved to Canada at the age of 16 and worked for the Hudson's Bay Company for five years. He traveled by canoe and sleigh to the regions that are now the provinces of Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec to trade with the local First Nations and Native Americans for furs; these experiences served as the inspiration for his book The Young Fur Traders.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 152Pages
  • ISBN-10:9359396117
  • ISBN-13:9789359396118
  • Item Weight: 228g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 8.75mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Historical