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The Highwayman's Footsteps

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  268 ratings  ·  27 reviews
"The novel gallops along at a cracking pace, packed full of plot twisters." — THE HERALD (UK)

"I felt cold metal on the side of my skull before I heard the voice. I knew at once what it was. A pistol. Resting on the bone just behind my ear. The favorite place for murderers, robbers, highwaymen — because, by angling the pistol slightly inward, they could be sure to blow a ma
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 9th 2007 by Candlewick Press (first published November 6th 2006)
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A thrilling adventure based on Noyes' The Highwayman. This story centres on a runaway gentleman's son who teams up with the daughter of the two main characters in the poem. He is struggling with being labelled a coward by his father, she is continuing the family occupation with some shades of Robin Hood tossed in. While i did enjoy the story and the author's brilliant ability to bring all the reader's senses to the story, there were other aspects that I tired of by about the half-way mark. First ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting book; loved the concept of being based off of an historical poem. Very much an adventure story. I felt it was a little drastic at times with the violence included. The book presents the question: what are right and wrong, and what is the difference between them? While I would not whole-heatedly support the answer the book gives, it was an exciting, thought-provoking adventure.
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I don’t normally read historical fiction, but two things convinced me to pick up this book. One was the promise of highwaymen, which sounded at least interesting. The other was the three-dollar price tag. I figured for three bucks, it couldn’t be that bad.

It wasn’t exactly like I expected, but it wasn’t bad. And it’s almost funny that Henry played such a big part in the story (despite the fact that he wasn’t in much of it) and wasn’t even mentioned in the synopsis.

Will was the main character and
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: If you like Adventure and History this is your book.
This book is called The Highwayman’s Footsteps. Author of this book is Nicola Morgan. She wrote other books like Chicken Friend, Flesh Market, and The Passion Flower Massacre.
The story starts in the old days when the Revolution war was starting. A young boy that has every thing he could ever dream of runs away from home. He leaves because his dad was a very mean man. Who leads the war for the British.
When he runs away he goes into an ally and a young girl points a gun at him. She is really
Jul 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Okay, I liked the main character of this book. He wasn't perfect, but he was well-intentioned and I felt fairly believeable. Yes, he was rather typical. However, he seemed like the kind of guy I wouldn't mind knowing, and while he didn't make for an absolutely fabulous main, he wasn't bad. Bess I didn't like NEARLY as much, probably because of my problem with strong, beautiful, independant heroines without faults. Yeah... she bugged me. But it was okay... except for a few things.
First of all...
Pip (Bookish_Pip)
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books, reviews
A pretty average book. Not great but not bad. The start of the book was good, straight into the action with the main character being held at gun point and telling himself 'I am not a true gentelman! I should have duelled my father and brother for that insult!' but after what I thought was a strong opening it quickly deteriorated. Will, you're a good character but please stop asking questions! They made up the majority of the book so after the 5th chapter the book really became a chore for me. I ...more
Harrison Kessel
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spoilers in the Second Paragraph so don't read it if you are interested in this book.

I thought this book was good, although sometimes repetitive in nature. The narrator tells the story in english similar to that of the time period, which makes the story seem kind of slow but at the same time is done skill fully and makes the book seem much more realistic. The narrator also thinks the thoughts and has feelings similar to that time period which has the same effect as the historic english. However,
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
The Highwayman's footsteps really delves into a real historical viewpoint of the classes in 18th century England (Pre-American Revolution)... A young nobleman, experiencing cruelty from his brother and injustice (caused by the brother's lies) at the hands of his father, runs away from home. He finds himself at the mercy of a highwayman (sort of) and quickly a bond is formed between the two.

This one is written for the young adult market, but I found it very, very, well written, though at times,
Edy Gies
Do you like rhetorical questions? Do you as a reader ask questions which you don't intend to get answers to? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read a book that was one quarter questions? Well, here it is. The Highwayman's Footsteps is your book if you like all that. Okay, I get it or at least I think I get it. At the beginning of the story there are mostly questions because the antagonist is confused and lack confidence. As he gains confidence his questions lessen and he speaks mor ...more
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed following the story of Will and Bess, two young people thrown together under unusual circumstances. Will is the second son of a rich but cruel nobleman, and strong-headed Bess is the daughter of the highwayman featured in the famous poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. I've always loved this poem so I found the story intriguing and the author did a great job weaving the poem throughout the story. Of the two protagonists, I found Will more interesting as he struggled with the
Jun 19, 2009 rated it liked it
This book has a lot of morality questions in it. It talks about social status, and it's implications, as well as why we do the things we do. On top of that, it had many insinuations that women are less worthy than men, which is natural considering the time period it is set in. Some of the views were interesting, but many of them, also were irritating. Will spends so much time pondering right, wrong, and how he's about to die, we sometimes forget that there is an actual story behind it all. On to ...more
Apr 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I liked how both Will and Bess's attitudes and opinions changed and especially how Will learned that all people are the same regardless of social stature or race.

I liked Bess's strength and very much like that even though she was the strong one, the "girl power" message wasn't preachy or over done.

I was very impressed by how the author interwove the glorious poem the Highwayman in to the story and still stayed true to it.

I do have to say I was slightly perturbed by the en
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, fantasy
Will has run away from his family and a life he doesn't want. On his way, he meets a young woman named Bess, who tries to kill him. Instead of leaving her to die, Will decides to nurse her back to health and stay with her, if she allows it.

But Bess has some plans of her own. Forced to see the poverty in the everyday man's way of life, Will decides to help her confront the one man he's always feared - his father.

An action-packed story with a wavering voice. The author tries to write in the way of
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: partial-reads

I wanted to love this book, honestly I did. I loved the idea of and was excited to read a novel based around one of my favorite poems, "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes. But it just didn't live up to my hopes. The language felt clunky and didn't read smoothly and the main character's constant questioning and inner turmoil grated my nerves. The retelling of the events of the famous poem felt too much like a copy-and-paste project with some added details and paraphrasing. Overall, I was bored.
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Will is a highborn second son fleeing his father and brother. Now he's being robbed at pistol point, only to find its a wounded girl, Bess. The two build trust in each other as they flee redcoats. Their pasts come out, and it may be the only thing that will save them is the ghost of a highwayman, Bess's father. ...more
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 10 and up
Set in the mists of Scotland's history, The Highwayman's Footsteps leads us on a chase for justice through the farm holds, woods, moors and towns. The unlikely duo of the soft-hearted son of a lord and a hiwayman's gritty daughter strive together to combat the iron hand of the gentry that is squeezing the life from the Scots. ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-faves
Really neat twist on The Highwayman, a poem I have always loved. The author really keeps you guessing on everything that's going to happen next, a really rare quality to find in most books nowadays. Really an inspiration and hope for all writers!! ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first read The Highwayman in seventh grade, it transfixed me, so, naturally, when I found this book, I could't wait to see what it was all about. IT'S WONDERFUL! Read it. I promise you won't regret it. ...more
Kathryn Ryder
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kobo, owned, series
It is different from what i remember of when i last read it. However, still highly enjoyably.

A great historical novel that i think younger readers will be able to enjoy. Plus the story is semi-based on one of my favorite poems.

Really interested in reading the sequel.
Feb 06, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is not exactly a romance, but I found it romantic. The way the story was told certainly made my heart flutter.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book reconnected me to my absolute love for Alfred Noyes' poem The Highwayman, and for that I thank it. So many fangirl moments reading this book. ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I liked the story, but it had a little too much self reflection for me. I found myself skipping over sections.
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
I frst fought this book was 3 0ut 5 and went to a 2 it just really not my type of story.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Hailey by: My friend Kennedy
Shelves: favorites
I loved the way the author writes. She based this story on a poem. You have to read it. I haven't read a book like this one for a while. ...more
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, but sadly the ending was a slight letdown. A real shame as this book had amazing potential.
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was ok
Very slow moving. The main characters thoughts come out in lots of questions which makes it harder to read. The questions get a little boring after awhile.
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