The Scar Gatherer is a series of seven time-travel adventures for 8 to 12 year olds, spanning seven periods in British history, from Roman times up to the Second World War.
The fifth book in the series, Slaves for the Isabella, is set in Bristol at the height of the slave trade.
What if freedom wasn't something you could take for granted? What if you had to fight for it?
If there's one thing Joe Hopkins knows better than anyone, it's that the past can be very uncomfortable. But life in wealthy Georgian Bristol seems surprisingly civilized. Lucy's house is light and airy, and there are sandwiches and tea with sugar.
He soon discovers, however, that this civility is only skin deep: Lucy's family is shockingly involved in slavery.
When he meets the African slaves her father has brought back from Jamaica, Joe swiftly finds there are other people in the house who are determined to see them gone, and to profit from their disappearance.
Can Joe and Lucy save the slaves from the horrifying fate that threatens them? And can Joe make Lucy see that freedom is what matters most?
“An exciting, challenging, and provocative read ..."
Christine Huard, former Ofsted Inspector
Download my Teach Primary KS2 lesson plan from July 2021 here.
Read my blog post on Books for Topics about teaching the Slave Trade here.
Watch a video about the writing of Slaves for the Isabella here.
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Read what Black Bristol councillor and former Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cleo Lake, had to say about Slaves for the Isabella here.
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