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The Smugglers (High Seas Adventures #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  297 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Readers will relish this companion to the highly acclaimed adventure, The Wreckers:

Young John is charmed by the Dragon, the schooner he is planning to sail to London and use for the honest wool trade.  But a mysterious gentleman delivers an ominous warning to "steer clear of that ship," because the ship was "christened with blood."  The ship looks clever and quick, and the
ebook, 208 pages
Published March 12th 2009 by Yearling (first published 1999)
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Ruth Sophia
Not as Good as Book 1

The Wreckers (Book 1)

I didn't expect to like the book. I did. How's that for a review in one sentence? ;-)

But seriously, Iain does a great job of keeping you guessing about what's REALLY going on with the wreckers. You sympathize with John's lack of trust and hesitate with him in making decisions. Some things I expected, but others were a surprise. The writing is easy to read, being appropriate for its intended audience, and while this isn't a story or series to get super wr
Erika Lawrence
Erika Lawrence

Lawrence, Iain. (1999). The Smugglers. New York, NY: Random House Inc.



Selection Process: Something About the Author. Detroit: Gale Research


The Smuggler’s is the second novel within a series of books about sixteen-year old John Spencer’s adventure within the ship the Dragon. This story takes place in late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. John and his father are warned about the Dragon’s dangerous past by a man named Larson but they do not heed his warni
Jan 02, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was perusing the used section at the book store when I came across this one. I was hit with a memory burst and was like "OMG! I read The WreckersThe Wreckers when I was a kid and loved it!" So, obviously, I had to buy this book.

It reminded me a bit of Treasure Island for a moment, but it was a good pirate-like story of it's own. It's packed full of ship sailing shenanigans, adventure, evildoers, and more. It's a great, fast-paced story for younger readers who crave excitement.

One thing I wou
Dayna Smith
The second book in the High Seas Trilogy. John Spencer and his merchant father buy a ship called The Dragon. It was once used to smuggle goods between England and France. They want to use the boat for honest trade, but as soon as they purchase The Dragon, they seem to be touched by its curse: someone murders the captain they've hired; his replacement, Captain Crowe, turns out to be a scoundrel who hires a crew of criminals. During the first leg of the voyage, John receives a cryptic warning to " ...more
Kyler Place
John Spencer is a sixteen year old boy who is constantly looking for adventure. After a bit of highway robbery, in which his father is the victim, they buy a ship named the Dragon. Upon purchasing the ship, John is placed in charge of the ship as it voyages to do trade. An amazing adventure awaits!

This book honestly scared me a bit the first time I read it. I can vividly remember the wickedness of the Captain, and the creepiness as well. The description throughout the book is great, and one actu
Dec 22, 2015 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest my rating is probably a little unfair. I read the first book, The Wreckers, when I was in 7th grade and loved it. When I saw The Wreckers and The Smugglers in a used book store I had to purchase and reread for old times sake. 12 year old me probably would have given this book a 4 or 5, 26 year old me was just kind of bored. I packaged them both up and gave them to my 11 year old brother for Christmas, I'm sure he'll love them.
Jul 29, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Melodramatic and full of unbelievable coincidence, but all action and well written. Also full of nautical and historical terms to explain.
A perfect 7-8 grade read aloud. I could use this guys books to teach descriptive writing.
Unabridged Books on Disc, of Lawrence Library, (yes we saved the library for another year, anyway) Recorded Books LLC. ISBN#: 0-7887-4734-7. on disk 1 of 5 and brought in from car to play on computer cdrom
Melissa Mahle
Jun 07, 2013 Melissa Mahle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Another great story by Lawrence, packed with adventure, colorful characters and historical setting. Who doesn't love a pirate story!
Jun 27, 2012 Ainsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I read this aloud to my son. This was our first encounter with Iain Lawrence. This book has an exciting story and is extremely well written, so we will definitely be tackling Lawrence's other books.
Mary L.
Dec 13, 2014 Mary L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It made me want to read the previous book, The Wreckers, and the follow up book The Buccaneers. I found the characterizations to be interesting and enjoyed reading this young adult novel.
Sagar Shirodkar
Read this one to sail aboard the cursed Dragon for a seafaring tale of action and adventure. Loved the book. Just wished I had got my hands on this one during my pre-teen years.
May 07, 2013 Hannah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This had some interesting moments, dialogues, and history, but was too violent for me. Also, the characters never came together for me, so that I could understand them, and I didn't like any of them.
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