Thomas is just a boy compared with the other tin-miners and on his first day is glad when it's time to sit down and eat the pasty given him by Birdy at the ferry. This magical story is loosely linked to two previous Birdy stories and is again illustrated by Alan Marks.
Jill Paton Walsh is a distinguished writer, best-known for her adult novel, Knowledge of Angels, which was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. Among her many children's titles are The Dolphin Crossing (widely acknowledged as a modern classic); Gaffer Samson's Luck (Winner of the Smarties Prize); The Emperor's Winding Sheet (Winner of the Whitbread Award) and Thomas and the Tinners (Winner of the Smarties Prize). Alan Marks is widely published and has illustrated many books. He is also a 'Smarties Prize' prize winner.
Winner of Smarties Book Prize 1995 and Smarties Book Prize 6-8 Category 1995.