Rogues Gold


‘An exciting adventure mystery set in the cut-throat world of Elizabethan England.’

Ben Button is an apprentice with a famous company of actors. He’s excited about their summer tour as he’s never travelled beyond the city of London, but their first stop at Bowford Manor turns out to be a disaster when one of them is accused of stealing a valuable gold plate. Ben teams up with Lady Sarah, to discover that dangerous secrets surround the mysterious plate. And some people will stop at nothing to prevent the truth being discovered…

‘This thrilling romp across the Elizabethan English countryside populated by bejewelled nobility, ragged beggars, thundering horsemen and secret spies has a charm that’s impossible to resist’

‘A brilliant mystery and a great read that will have you guessing until the end’
Dragonfly Book Reviews

Usborne, 2007. ISBN: 9780746078792
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Ben Button and his company of actors have been invited to perform in front of the Queen, but when costumes disappear and a suspicious fire nearly destroys the Rose Theatre, Ben suspects that an enemy is out to ruin their royal performance. He teams up with rival apprentice Matt to discover who’s behind the dirty tricks – is there really a traitor in their midst?

‘A story completely comfortable in its setting, not attempting to be the great historical novel, but a really good adventure set within the world of the Elizabethan Theatre’
Books for Keeps

‘reflects the times succinctly and is an action-packed story designed to thrill readers’

Traitor! was selected by children’s literature consultant Janet Fisher as one of the ‘Ten Best Stories set in Tudor Times’
(Books for Keeps, 2009)

Usborne, 2008. ISBN: 9780746087114
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In Elizabethan London, treachery and danger can lurk in unlikely places. Trouble looms when Ben Button befriends a young beggar with a grudge against an important nobleman. Hungry for revenge, the vagabond will stop at nothing to expose the nobleman’s lies. And when Ben learns the man is behind a plot that threatens all of England, he has no choice but to help gather evidence – even if it means risking his own life to uncover the truth…

‘Boy actor Ben Button takes centre stage in this thrilling mystery delving into the ruthless dealings of the Elizabethan arms trade’
Betty Bookmark

Usborne, 2009. ISBN: 9780746097984
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Elizabethan London is dirty and dangerous, so Ben Button can’t wait to escape the city and visit his family. But their village has suffered a series of violent burglaries, and Ben is soon drawn into a manhunt for a murderer who will stop at nothing to unearth riches hidden nearby. He must unravel the clues and find the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands – which means facing the most dangerous foe he has ever known…

‘Pilkington brings to life all the lure and excitement of the Elizabethan period with its scandals, schemes and skullduggery and places an ordinary boy in an extraordinary world’
Lancashire Evening Post

Usborne, 2009. ISBN: 9780746097991
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Thief! was shortlisted for the 2010 Young Quills Award for junior historical fiction.

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For a free illustrated download about the background to the series, click Ben Button and the World of the Elizabethan Theatre.

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