There was once a village off the coast of Cornwall, England, where people were so poor that they prayed for shipwrecks. They made their living by salvaging food and clothing from the wreckage. Some of them were evil and lit fires during a storm to lure ships onto the rocks. Then these "wreckers" made sure that no one survived the wrecks, so there would be no witnesses to their crimes. One stormy night in 1799, 14-year-old John Spencer was unfortunate enough to be on his father's ship when the wreckers did their worst. As John hid on the shore, he saw his shipmates murdered by these ruthless scavengers. Trapped in a strange land with no idea of whom to trust, he faced the most terrifying challenge of his life. The spell-binding excitement of a swashbuckling adventure, and the wrenching moral conflict of a Dickens novel delightfully converge in this critically-acclaimed debut novel. Ron Keith's exceptional narration ensures readers nonstop entertainment in the classic tradition. The Wreckers was chosen by Booklist as a Young Editors' Choice and by the New York Public Library as a title for reading and sharing.
"A fast-paced, atmospheric yarn that will have adventure buffs glued to their seats." (Publishers Weekly) "The narrator, Ron Keith, does an extraordinary job of portraying the several accents of the region, and his narration adds immeasurably to the atmosphere of the story....This book will be especially interesting for middle school boys, and could lead to an interest in books such as Treasure Island." (School Library Journal)