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The Sands of Shark Island

Children's, Fiction, New Releases
BC Books
Publication Date
01 September 2016
Hardback (also available as an eBook)
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
Age Range
9 - 12
b/w throughout

The Sands of Shark Island

A School Ship Tobermory Adventure
by Alexander McCall Smith - Find out more about the author


eBook also available from the iBookstore

After successfully thwarting a dastardly plan to steal rare marine animals from the sea around the Scottish island of Mull, Ben and Fee MacTavish feel they can relax and continue learning all about nautical life on board School Ship Tobermory. But it’s not long before their everyday routine is interrupted by an extraordinary event. Ben, Fee, their fellow students and the crew of the Tobermory find themselves embroiled in another adventure that leads them thousands of miles from Mull to a small island in the Caribbean, where they learn extraordinary details about Captain Macbeth’s past and come face to face with modern-day pirates.


Alexander McCall Smith is the author of more than 100 books, including more than 30 bestselling books for children and the global bestseller, the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series. He is one of the world’s most prolific and popular authors, and his books have been translated into 46 languages.  

Iain McIntosh’s illustrations have won numerous awards in the worlds of advertising, design and books. He has illustrated many of Alexander McCall Smith’s works.

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