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Publication Date: 6 Feb 2020
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13)
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When a letter arrives at the remote islands of St Kilda asking for a literate girl to be sent to the mainland as companion to a merchant's daughter, it is the start of a chilling experience for Iseabail.
When Iseabail is employed by a wealthy merchant to be his daughter's companion, her life changes forever.
Transported from her remote island home to the Scottish borderlands, Iseabail is unnerved both by her precocious young charge and the house's secrets: a hidden chapel; servants who speak in a foreign tongue; a mute stableboy. And then the merchant returns with a mysterious cargo. Why has Iseabail really been summoned here? And will she ever make it back home?
NOTE : Winner of the Times Children's Fiction competition 2018
NOTE: Branford Boase Longlist 2021
In The Pure Heart, the author has given us a compelling plot which builds up a growing sense of foreboding right up to the end which will leave the reader agape. The mid-16th century Scottish setting lends itself well to the gothic supernatural horror which the heroine finds herself ensnared in. A strong debut title and an author to watch out for.