Middle Grade Fiction

The Phantom's Gold

Eric Murphy

ISBN: 9781770862661
Format: Trade Paperback
5.39" x 8.00"

Ages: 10 to 13

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

JUV001000 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
JUV041020 JUVENILE FICTION / Transportation / Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
JUV069000 JUVENILE FICTION / Ghost Stories

Shortlisted, 2015 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award
Commended, 2013 Resource Links Years' Best

“This connection between fictional and real characters is artfully constructed; readers learn not only about sailing, but also a bit about 1920s Canadian history. There is so much right about this novel – seamanship, history, narrative – that I would highly recommend it to any young readers.” Rated E for Excellent
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Thirteen-year-old William McCoy's life changed forever a year ago when his father died. Now, his mother is moving on.but William still wants to hold on to the past. He sneaks out one night and takes a bus to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia-his father's home town.

But reuniting with his dad's family means more than just spending time with his grandparents and cousins; he also encounters the spirit of his great-grandfather, Bill "The Real" McCoy, a notorious rum-rummer who has been dead for more than seventy-five years.

With his mother in Toronto fretting about his safety, and his extended family in Nova Scotia struggling to save their home, William takes to the seas in a high-stakes schooner race with more than money at stake; his family, his father's memory, and the legacy of The Real McCoy are on the line.