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The Sign of the Black Dagger

Joan Lingard


Also available as: eBook

Range: Kelpies Paperback 208 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9781782501312 Publication date: 17th July 2014
Genres: Adventure and Thriller, Historical Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

200 years. One mystery. What is the sign of the black dagger?

One day, Will and Lucy’s dad just . . . vanishes. The very next day, a creepy stranger reveals their dad was keeping a BIG secret.

Could the ancient diary they find hidden in the walls of their Royal Mile house hold clues to finding their father?

To rescue him, Will and Lucy must find the sign of the black dagger, and solve a spooky mystery that’s over two hundred years old…


'This book is a joy to hold as a great deal of care has gone into its production, and even more of a joy to read. Joan Lingard has a stellar reputation and the moment you start reading the door closes and you are in the story.'
-- Books for Keeps

'This book is quite mysterious, yet adventurous as there is detective work. For me it really felt like I was there watching the action.'
-- Kobe, Currie Community High pupil, Teen Titles

'I think the characters were interesting and I liked the connection between the two time-frames... This book would appeal to readers who like a bit of adventure.'
-- Samuel, Currie Community High pupil, Teen Titles

Sign of the Black Dagger


Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh (in a taxi on the Royal Mile) but grew up in Belfast. Her extraordinary career spans over four decades. She has written for both adults and young people, and is perhaps best known for her Kevin and Sadie series…

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