Death of a King
By Andrew H. Vanderwalis Tundra Books, 290 pages, $22 THIS time-travel novel set in Scotland in the 13th century, the time of William Wallace, features 13 year-oldAlex Macpherson as he seeks his lost parents. A sequel to The Battle for Duncragglin, by this Toronto-based author born in the Netherlands, it has all the elements of a true adventure novel: bloody battles, daring escapes, shipwrecks, imprisonment, evil adversaries and stalwart heroes. After King Alexander III of Scotland falls to his death in 1286, Scotland is plunged into bedlam as Wallace’s forces defend themselves against Edward I of England. Vanderwalis blends fiction with historical fact as the modern-day time travellers become involved in these long-ago battles. Attractive especially to boys ages 12 and up.