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The Sands of Shark Island
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Children's, Fiction
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

'There must be something about taking to the high seas, and writing for children, that has brought Alexander McCall Smith back to his best. The book bounces along charmingly' – Press and Journal, Book of the Week

'A lively adventure with an unusual setting' – Julia Eccleshare,

'Beautifully written ... This is a book we would strongly recommend to those looking for a story to read to their children or grandchildren, or for a book for slightly older children to read for themselves' – Undiscovered Scotland

'Exciting without being scary, this had me wishing I'd spent my schooldays on board a ship setting sail for the Caribbean!' – 4.5 STARS, The Book Bag

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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