It is the 18th Century and the muddy marshes of the Thames are a dangerous place where ghosts and monsters lurk in the mist, and children must beware.
Lizzie’s best friends are her animals and the boys at school tease her. But Lizzie is afraid of no one, not even the wicked smuggler Sam Smagge, who has evil plans for her. Lizzie befriends Stefan, the mute gypsy boy. But how can he help her if he cannot speak?
Soon it will be the night when the hideous stone gargoyles on the church roof come to life and descend to terrorise the villagers. Will Lizzie escape in time to rescue the people again?
This is gripping tale of friendship, adventure and a changing world.
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Smuggler Sam Smagge doesn’t like Lizzie because she is the tax inspector’s daughter and because she goes to school!”Schoolin’, what’s it all for? These is modern times, the 18th century an’ as long as you know enough numbers to count up a profit, you’ll get by.That an’ knowin’ how to crew a fast ship cock a pistol an’ be fast enough to outrun them government inspectors…may they die with their boots on! Besides girls with schoolin’ can be….dangerous.”
Moments later the sun came out again, just as they tacked into Cockleton harbour. Various ships lay at anchor, oyster boats were bobbing on the water close to shore and on land along the edge of the water boats stood in various stages of completion. People were waiting for them to unload the cargo. “This used to be a great port,” said Lizzie’s father. “And over there, that fine brick building, that’s where the famous Haddocks, the sea captains, were born. It’s an ale house now,” he sighed.
“Festival of the Gargoyles is a classic of Essex storytelling. This enchanting tale of a young girl growing up on the Essex marshes in the days of cut-throat smugglers and revenue men cries out to be filmed.”
“A charming book, full of cracking detail, well researched and containing a host of well-drawn characters not to mention a young heroine in Lizzie Masters – an 18th century Pippi Longstocking.”
S. Badman, professional storyteller
“The characters and scenes leap out of the pages through detailed description and beautiful sketched images that provide a new depth to the story.”
“It’s a well-crafted story that will enthral younger readers and grown-ups alike. It is a real page turner!”
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