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The Ransom of Dond

No. of pages 112

Great for age 9-11 years
Darra is an omen of unluck: a thirteenth child. To appease the dark god, Dond, and bring good fortune to her small island community, Darra must be sacrificed at the age of thirteen - by drowning. On the eve of her final birthday, Darra begins to dream of the twin brother she has watched from afar but never met, and dares to hope that she might escape her fate . . . The scouring wind and remorseless waves which beat against Darra's island world are matched in Pam Smy's powerful, wild and emotive illustrations. The Ransom of Dond is our final story from Siobhan, and a book to be treasured.


This book was recognised by the Peters Book of the Year.

There are 112 pages in this book. This book was published 2016 by Random House Children's Publishers UK .

Siobhan Dowd lived in Oxford with her husband, Geoff, before tragically dying from cancer in August 2007, aged 47. She was both an extraordinary writer and an extraordinary person.

This book has been nominated for the following award:

Peters Book of the Year
This book was recognised by the Peters Book of the Year.

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