Published: 28/05/2017
ISBN: 9781788037167
Format: Paperback

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Martyn Blunden grew up in a small Sussex market town with a steam railway still serving it when he was a boy. Living at the top of a cutting he and his siblings were latter-day Railway Children before... read more

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Charlie Green and The Underground Railroad
by Martyn Blunden

Charlie Green is the sort of boy any parent would want: handsome, good-natured and bold. He lives his life to the full, as full as any 11-year-old can make it. He, along with his siblings Ben and Olivia, share a special secret: a magical aeroplane named Jenny that can take them anywhere they wish to go – including back in time!

Charlie Green and the Underground Railroad takes them to the scene of the American Civil War in 1862, where they attempt to assist a very brave woman named Harriet Tubman free her sister from slavery. Before the war, Harriet had successfully escaped enslavement herself and was a wanted person – with a reward on her head. However, she bravely returned and helped many escape using the secret network of safe houses on the route to a safe northern state of refuge. Suspected of spying for the Union Army, a higher reward is put on Harriet’s head, making their journey even more perilous.

After successfully locating her they set off on their journey, only to be thwarted by Charlie’s friendly nature to a stranger. Harriet gets arrested and they have to come up with a plan to get her free again. They are dealt a second blow when Oliver, their adult travelling companion, gets forcefully enlisted in the Confederate Army. Now it’s all down to the kids! How can they outwit senior officers of the Confederate Army of the South before Harriet is shot for spying? The chase to Richmond, the confederate capital, is on!

Charlie Green and the Underground Railroad is a thrilling historical novel that will captivate the imaginations of children aged 9+ – as well as any adults who might read it with them!

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Martyn’s aircraft guides are among the best sellers in their category and used by students to enhance their understanding of the workings of an aeroplane from a non-technical perspective. The local paper the Shoreham Herald was the first to run a feature on Martyn and his book Charlie Green and The Pirate’s Treasure on 31st March, shortly followed by the Inside magazine.

Currently Martyn is working on building a collection of antiques to illustrate his story and create interest during school visit presentations that he intends to deliver to years 5 & 6 and 7 & 8. During his work as a teacher of Flying Instructors he often uses The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, as an example of the best way to teach children – or for that matter any age – that keeps the interest going throughout. Amongst other things they will be able to handle a true antique flintlock pistol with possibly some provenance to pirates!

Book Signing at Shoreham Beach Dreams Friday 24th June

Very successful book signing event at Waterstones in Worthing Saturday 29th October. Met loads of lovely people and the artifact collection drew in much attention.

A hearty round of applause from an attentive audience of around 90 pupils from yrs 7 - 10 at St Andrews school in Worthing was a good end to Martyn's lecture on Monday 23rd Jan. Of course many of the boys wanted to try out holding the flintlock pistol - just one of the exhibits on display to help illustrate Charlie Green and The Pirate's Treasure.

Martyn's new book Charlie Green and The Underground Railroad published on May 28th has received some great reviews. The delicate handling of the slavery issue during the mid-1800's in America within a children's adventure novel has been well received. It tells of Charlie's plan to travel to the period and help Harriet Tubman free her sister from slavery. More too is revealed about the special relationship between Oliver and Emilie - owner of the peculiar emporium.

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