Hi Teachers,

Please scroll down to see resources for The Boy, the Witch and the Queen of Scots, Rivet Boy, The Reluctant Rebel, The Chessmen Thief, The Siege of Caerlaverock, Black Water, Wilderness Wars, Punch and Fir for Luck. All are free to download.

If you are interested in activities linking in with Jacobites, Highland Clearances, Victorian and Eco- topics, as well as reading for pleasure, feel free to check out my blog. Teaching resources for Rivet Boy, The Chessmen Thief, Black Water and The Siege of Caerlaverock are also available for free download on the Cranachan Publishing resources page.

The Boy, the Witch & the Queen of Scots

Rivet Boy

Rivet Boy is a Victorian adventure set during the construction of the famous Forth Bridge.

For my latest book, the Victorian adventure Rivet Boy, download task maps and additional links and activities below.

The Reluctant Rebel

The Reluctant Rebel is a Jacobite adventure based on real events.

Please download the teaching resources for The Reluctant Rebel below.

The Chessmen Thief

The Chessmen Thief is a Viking adventure which won the Young Quills Award in 2022

Please see below resources for The Chessmen Thief, a Viking adventure and an origin story for the famous Lewis Chessmen. Included is a Reflective Reading task map as well as a Viking themed Drama unit.

The Siege of Caerlaverock

Please see below the resources for The Siege of Caerlaverock. We collaborated with Historic Environment Scotland on these resources and are delighted with the comprehensive package here! It’s a free zip file download and really comprehensive.

The Siege of Caerlaverock is a medieval castle tale ideal for topics around the Scottish Wars of Independence and won the Young Quills Award in 2021.

There is a larger and much more comprehensive resource pack to download HERE which incudes a wide range of resources and activities related to the Middle Ages and the Scottish Wars of Independence, kindly provided by Historic Environment Scotland in collaboration with Cranachan Publishing.

Black Water

See below for the resource pack for my Robert Burns smuggling novella, based on real events in the poet’s life: Black Water. It’s ideal for smuggling and pirate topics and for the run-up to Burns Day. I’ve also included a short play-script of the story of Black Water, ideal for a Burns assembly or similar.

Black Water features Robert Burns in his role as an Exciseman. Based on real events.

Wilderness Wars

Download the resource pack for my eco-thriller Wilderness Wars below, ideal for eco-, environment and natural disasters topics.

Wilderness Wars is an eco-thriller and asks the question: What if nature fights back?


In addition, I’ve created a free resource pack (for teachers in upper primary/lower secondary, linking to the Curriculum for Excellence) for PUNCH, my Victorian novel. Or try your class with the Victorian Bicentenary Quiz. The ‘with answers’ section also includes set-up instructions.

Punch is a Victorian adventure set amid a troupe of travelling entertainers, and based on real events.

Fir for Luck

Fir for Luck tells the story of one village’s resistance during the infamous Highland Clearances.

Finally, for teaching resources covering Highland Clearances and Fir for Luck, click the download button below.


If there is anything else you’d like to see here, please let me know. I love hearing from teachers and I really enjoy visiting schools. πŸ™‚

Children's Fiction. Drama. Short Stories.