Gregory Bryan is a member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Fourteen-year-old Gavin Gunn travels from Ontario to northern Scotland
to visit with his long-lost Scottish relatives. Soon after his arrival
in Scotland, Gavin’s host is hurt in a car accident. Now without an
adult to accompany them, Gavin and his cousin, Fiona, nevertheless
proceed with their planned hike across the Scottish moors. A short time
into their hike, the two adventurers meet the hospitable Widow of
Halsary—a figure mysteriously reflective of an identity from local
lore. Upon hearing that the widow’s three-year-old granddaughter is
missing, Gavin and Fiona set about trying to solve the mystery of the
The tone of Sutherland’s novel is reminiscent of the adventures of
Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, And like Blyton, Sutherland’s writing is
filled with action, intrigue, and excitement—Sutherland sees no end to
the children’s potential to overcome obstacles. Young-adult readers
will enjoy this rollicking good yarn. Recommended.