Winning Year: 1974 Author: Mollie Hunter Title: The Stronghold
H Hamilton Current Publisher: Format: ISBN: Out of print
This tale is set in the first century on the island of Orkney. It was a time when fanatical Druid priests held power over ordinary people and Roman slave-raiders were frequent visitors. The young people are led by Coll, a boy whose inventive mind has devised the first chain of strongholds. Will they defeat the raiders?
Mollie Hunter was born in East Lothian, Scotland in 1922 and has drawn many award-winning novels from her country's history. She is best known for her more than 25 novels for children and young adults. Mollie consistently attempts to incorporate a life-long exploration of Scotland's folklore and history into her tales. Her fiction, she believes, falls into three categories: fantasy for the younger reader, historical novels for those in their early teens, and realistic novels for young adults. All three types reflect Hunter's idea that a writer's goal should be to entertain as well as to express something of their own philosophy.