Tarantula Tide

By Sharon Tregenza


Smugglers and vikings are never far away in this thrilling adventure set on Shetland. Winner of the Kelpies Prize 2008 and the Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award 2010.

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'A fast-paced whodunnit ... the denouement is mighty good.' -- May Blance, BBC Radio Shetland 'This is Enid Blyton with iPods and lashings of coke. Sharon Tregenza takes all that is good about classic action books for children and gives us a modern version set in Shetland ... At only GBP5.99 this is a great stocking filler for bookworms. And if any teachers are writing to Santa, this would make a great class text too.' -- Valerie Watt, The Shetland Times, November 2008 'An exciting story of young sleuthing, bursting with the life of the Shetland Islands.' -- Mel Tibbs, Juno Magazine 'From the ancient brochs, to the gorgeous wild ponies, to the enormous skuas, the raw splendour of the Shetland Islands comes alive in this mystery. Tregenza brilliantly harnesses the charm of wonder of this magical setting and wraps it around an exciting adventure. Young readers will be easily drawn into solving the puzzle with Jack and Izzie.' -- Peggy Tibbetts, Midwest Book review 'If you are looking for a rattling good adventure story try Tarantula Tide, there's a nice balance of drama, humour and excitement' -- Allanah Glanville, Teen Titles Book Review '[This is] my favourite Heart of Hawick Book. If you read it, I hope you love it as much as I do. The book is surely a number one choice for young teenagers. Remember, if you like friendship, festivals and furry tarantulas, this book could be your favourite too.' -- Reni Mackintosh, Heart of Hawick Children's Book Award 2010 review 'An exciting tale set in the remote, but beautiful, Shetland Isles which won Tregenza the 2008 Kelpies Prize.' -- Write Away

Author Biography

Sharon Tregenza was born and grew up in Cornwall. She currently lives with her husband in an old mill house on the Welsh border. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has had almost four hundred stories, poems and articles published worldwide. One of her poems has been included in Pan Macmillan's recent poetry anthology, There's a Hamster in the Fast Lane. She was inspired to set her book on Shetland when her husband worked on the island and she fell in love with the warm people and varied wildlife.