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An exciting new ebook for teen readers from the folks at Beebliome Books!

From beloved authors, John & Patricia Beatty, this richly plotted historical novel has two leading characters: Catriona, an Irish girl orphaned in 1601 during one of the continual wars, and Holdfast, her magnificent wolfhound. Kidnapped by an Englishman, Catriona and her dog are forcibly removed from the wild Irish countryside to the England of Elizabeth I. There they part ways and the story traces their separate adventures.

Catriona's fate is to become the ward of a titled English family, who seek to train her as a proper English lady. She puts up a lively opposition to their efforts, but events are beyond her control. Elsewhere Holdfast also struggles to adjust to a new environment, ending up in the hands of a butcher who trains him in bear and bull baiting. In fact, Holdfast's involvement in this sport leads to the final dramatic scene!

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Used availability for Patricia Beatty's Holdfast

Hardback Editions

June 1972 : USA Library Binding

Title: Holdfast
Author(s): John Beatty, Patricia Beatty
ISBN: 0-688-31434-1 / 978-0-688-31434-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: HOLDFAST (Historical Fiction for Teens: Illustrated Edition)
Author(s): John Beatty, Patricia Beatty
Publisher: Crushed Lime Media LLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA