William Wallace

The Battle to Free Scotland

Molly MacPherson; Illustrated by Teresa Martinez

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  • History and legend meet in this exciting picture book that tells the story of legendary freedom fighter William Wallace for young readers
  • Recounts the gripping tale of Wallace’s victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge
  • An inspiring historical picture book about brain triumphing over brawn and the importance of never giving up

The inspiring story of Scottish outlaw hero William Wallace adapted into a stunningly illustrated picture book for young readers, packed with historical detail. This thrilling retelling shares the message of intelligence triumphing over might.

242 x 283 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies: Traditional Tales
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
32 pages
Publication date:
20 Feb 2020
Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales


Scottish noble William Wallace is living as an outlaw, the leader of a band of brave rebels fighting to free Scotland's people from cruel English invaders. When he discovers that a huge English army is gathering at Stirling Castle, hoping to end the Scottish rebellion forever, Wallace knows that despite the odds stacked against him, he must fight. But how can a small, ragtag group of outlaws win against the might of the English army?

This thrilling episode of Wallace's life, culminating in the legendary Battle of Stirling Bridge, is told through a gripping story and stunning illustrations, both packed with historical detail.

This inspiring story of William Wallace's decisive victory in the Scottish Wars of Independence reminds us that brain conquers brawn and that courage and cunning can win even against overwhelming odds.


'There are other historical books by illustrator Teresa Martinez including Mary, Queen of Scots: Escape From the Castle, and Robert the Bruce: The King and the Spider, and if children have enjoyed those books they would probably enjoy this as well.'
-- Youth Services Book Review

'This picture book spins a tale involving thirteenth-century Scottish outlaw/warrior William Wallace and the historic Battle of Stirling Bridge… Created with firm, craggy lines and appealing colors, the illustrations will help viewers imagine the period setting as well as the characters' emotions. Though the book is available only in paperback, its stiff cover seems sturdy enough to withstand a good many circulations. And given the perennial popularity of historically costumed men wielding swords and pikes and defeating their enemies (fairly bloodlessly here), this volume will surely find its audience.'
-- Booklist

Praise for Teresa Martinez:

‘Teresa Martinez is gifted at conveying the mood of each scene as well as details of period and landscape.’
-- Roaring Reads on Robert the Bruce: The King and the Spider

‘The real star here are the gorgeous illustrations by Teresa Martinez that grace every page and complete the story.’
-- San Francisco Book Review on Mary, Queen of Scots: Escape from the Castle


Molly MacPherson is a writer based in Edinburgh.

Teresa Martinez was born and brought up in rural Mexico, moving to Monterrey to go to school. She studied graphic design and painting before becoming a children's book illustrator. She is the illustrator of Mary, Queen of Scots: Escape from the Castle, and Robert the Bruce: The King and the Spider.

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