The Two Margarets: Danger on the Hill
In the Torchbearers Series!
“Run, run for your lives!”, a young boy screamed. The enemy was moments away but nobody took any notice. Again the young boy shouted as he flung himself into the stream and tried to pull himself out the other side, “Run, everybody, run! The soldiers are here!” And that day on the hill was the beginning of a new and terrifying life for the three Wilson children.
Margaret, Agnes and Thomas are not afraid to stand up for what they believe, but it means that they are forced to leave their home and their parents for a life of hiding on the hills. If you were among the Covenanters of Scotland, in the 1600s, you would have been right there among them; for you were the enemy of the King and the authorities.
But all you really wanted to do was worship God in the way he told you to in the Bible. Margaret wants to give Jesus Christ the most important place in her life, and this conviction might cost her life.
From the Author’s perspective:
I think I can honestly say that I wrote Danger on the Hill in the space of about ten or twelve days in total. I spent a day at the National Library in Edinburgh and then it just happened. Not much is known about the Wilson children and after Margaret’s death the other two just disappear off the pages of history – but this story needed to be told. And those facts that we do know can’t fail to touch our hearts. I found my own background of Psalm singing essential to understanding this young girl and her history. I’ve used that extensively throughout the book to give that necessary authenticity to the struggle of the Covenanter church of the 1600’s. — Catherine Mackenzie, author
Recommended Reading Level:
Read to me: age 7-8
Read myself: age 9-12
About the Author
Catherine MacKenzie has written several biographies for young teens in the Trailblazers and the Torchbearers series, as well as other titles for younger children. She lives in Scotland and has several nieces and nephews – a perfect practice audience!