ABOUT Madeleine McLaughlin

Madeleine McLaughlin
I love the woods although I hardly ever get to go there now that I live in a big city. I've been writing for about twenty years, mostly poems and short stories. I'm working on longer works now. I love to read about people and their childhoods, it's a passion of mine.


After his mother dies, Beggar Charlie finds himself alone, begging for bread. Life doesn't get any better when he is press-ganged. His only hope is the captain of the merchant ship who takes a liking to him.

When the ship docks in China, Charlie is sent ashore with Hickory Dick, a boy he mistrusts. A rebellion foments, and in horror, Charlie watches as the merchant ship sinks when some Chinese men set it on fire. Whatever will Beggar Charlie and Hickory Dick do?