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Children's Fiction Friendship

Secrets of Sable Island

by (author) Marcia Pierce Harding

Nimbus Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Friendship, Survival Stories, Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2018
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7


After a vicious storm aboard ship, fourteen-year-old Caleb is tossed into the Atlantic Ocean. Frightened and alone, he finds himself nudged awake. He’s been recovered by one of Sable Island’s legendary wild stallions and is given shelter by a mysterious stranger, Norse, who is secretly living on the island. As Caleb recovers and gets to know his strange rescuer, learning the art of scrimshaw, storytelling, and survival, he wonders how he’ll manage to remain on the island he’s come to love. When he befriends the ghostly girl who rides bareback over the dunes, he knows he must do whatever he can to save her, and himself.

A heartwarming and captivating adventure set on the infamous isolated sandbar that has captivated so many, and featuring original illustrations, Secrets of Sable Island will leave young readers spellbound.

About the author

Marcia Pierce Harding grew up in a fishing village and always loved the sea. As an adult, she visited the sandy shores of Sable Island, and imagining what life would have been like on the isolated island inspired her to write Secrets of Sable Island. A retired grade three teacher of thirty-three years, Marcia enjoys biking, hiking, swimming, sailing, singing, dancing, skating, and strolling along Summerville Beach with her husband and adult children, Cameron and Candace, and three loyal canine companions. Best of all, she loves sitting around a campfire with family and friends on a starry night. Secrets of Sable Island is her first book.

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