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Greg Ellis
Crossbone Children and the Orphans of Avalon
GJ Ellis, author

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

In the 17th and 18th centuries, the British government shipped orphans to their colonies because of a shortage of laborers. This is the story of a one such group that were shipped to Jamaica but before they reach Port Royal, they are shipwrecked on a magical island. One of the passengers on this ship of orphans is John Henry, the son of the Earl of Carrick, searching for his missing father somewhere in the Caribbean. Through a series of adventures they are befriended by the infamous pirate, Black Bart who helps them plot revenge on the man who had them kidnapped from the streets of London to enslave them on his plantation in Jamaica. Eventually they steal a ship returning to the safety of the island they were shipwrecked on. The island’s single inhabitant Scurvy Jones, an old marooned sailor, tells the children the island’s name is the Crossbone Island and they were now the Crossbone Children. What was unknown to the children was everything they had experienced had been carefully orchestrated by Merlin, the ancient magician. In fact, they were not really on an Island called Crossbone; they were actually on the Isle of Avalon where the evil Morgan Le Fey, half-sister of King Arthur, was still plotting to become Queen of England. Merlin guards one more secret; the Crossbone Children are, in reality, descendants of the Knights of the Round Table. He needs them to defeat Morgan. All the while, John is still searching for his father. Unlikely friendships are forged and romance is kindled in the Crossbone Children’s quest for adventure, freedom, and a life of their own. This is the first book of the Crossbone Trilogy.