BETRAYAL AT CROSS CREEK
A HISTORY MYSTERY
American Girl Publishing
Audio Version by Recorded Books
Agatha Award Nominee for Best Children’s/Young Adult Mystery
— Malice Domestic
Winner of the Flora MacDonald Award for Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Affairs
— St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Children’s Literature Award Winner
— Council for Wisconsin Writers
Multiple award-winning Betrayal At Cross Creek is Kathleen's first American Girl book set during the American Revolution (the second is Gunpowder and Tea Cakes: My Journey With Felicity). It is also her third mystery for American Girl and eighth published book.
Betrayal is written for readers age 10 and up who are interested in Revolutionary War historical fiction—without sex, gore, or explicit violence. The audiobook is rated for listeners age 5 and up.
It's 1775. Elspeth Monro, newly come from Scotland, is just beginning to feel at home in North Carolina, with a new friend and a weaving apprenticeship she loves. To Elspeth, the brewing Revolution feels very far away, until someone starts to threaten her own family, trying to force them to join the rebels.
When her grandfather marches off to fight with the British, Elspeth is left alone to protect her grandmother, and to figure out who is putting her family in danger!
This book includes a richly illustrated "Peak Into The Past" essay, glosseries of Scots-English and Gaelic words, and an author's note.
Originally released as a 178-page book in softcover and hardcover, it is currently available as a beautifully spoken 4-hour 13-minute audiobook.
What Others Are Saying
"Complex emotions are as balanced as the light and dark threads in the overshot patterns Elspeth loves to weave, and Elspeth, trying desperately to find her own balance, is appealing and brave."
|School Library Journal
"Listeners will encounter strong characters, palpable tension, and a surprising twist at the end of the story. Davina Porter...reads with great emotion and earnestness and a lovely Scottish accent."
|The Historical Novel Review
"A complex book which does not sugarcoat the trials women and children must face when their homes are engulfed by war. It is well written and the mystery is brought to a convincing, sad conclusion."
About the Author
Bestselling author Kathleen Ernst writes award-winning mysteries and historical fiction for adults and young readers. Her work has earned numerous honors, including multiple Edgar and Agatha mystery award nominations, and an Emmy for children's educational programming.
To date readers have purchased over 1.7M printed, ebook, and audio copies of Kathleen's thirty-five published books. more>>
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I grew up on the east coast and studied colonial history in college, and always wanted to write a novel set during the American Revolution. I have Scottish roots on my mom's side, and I also wanted to write about immigrants from Scotland. Betrayal at Cross Creek let me do both.
The challenges that Scottish colonists in North Carolina faced moved me deeply.
This story is one of my all-time favorites, and the response to it by readers and reviewers has been especially gratifying.
While the book is out of print, a wonderful audio version is available. It will transport you back in time to the immigrants' smoky cabins and Céilidhs.
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The armed clash in Betrayal took place in what is now the Moore's Creek National Battlefield Park—site of the last recorded Scottish Highland broadsword charge.
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