Chanter Lessons" is a novel about a ten year old
boy and his friends who take advantage of the
arrival in their town of a piper from Scotland to
learn how to play the Great Highland Bagpipes. In
addition to following the boys to their lessons,
the story tells about their adventures in a small
town in Nova Scotia in 1958. Read along as the boys
experience the thrill of learning to play this
ancient instrument, and face heavy snow, dangerous
spring floods, bullies, and childhood pranks as
they progress through their lessons and prepare to
take part in the world famous Antigonish Highland
Games, North America's oldest continuous Scottish Braemar.
17 illustrations by Antigonish, N.S area
artist, Kate Brown
The Casket, a weekly newspaper published
in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Review by Dr. Ray MacLean, retired Professor of
History at St. Francis Xavier University,
Antigonish, Nova Scotia:
"Set in Antigonish, this story of a young boy
who is yearning to play the bagpipes is one that
warms the heart.... The countless hours spent in
learning to play the chanter and the bagpipes, and
the many sacrifices made by parents in helping
their children, are quite evident in this
well-crafted book.... Sandy's escapades on rafting
the river are rivetting; the reader feels the sense
of adventure and also feels for the safety of Sandy
and his friends.... The author has a remarkable
ability to see and describe events through the eyes
of a youngster....Adding to the quality of this
entertaining book are the superb illustrations of
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This review is from Mark Wygent, of Wygent
Reeds, Ltd. Christiana, PA. It was published on the
Bagpipe Mailing List on the Internet.
Scott - Thanks for your book! Visit any
children's book store and you see inspirational
books about young soccer, hockey, or basketball
players. What has been written for the young piper?
Nothing - until "Sandy Chisholm's Chanter Lessons".
Scott Williams has written a charming book to
inspire beginning piping students. It's an
old-fashioned story of bullies and birls,
D-gracenotes and dreams. This novel should be read
by or to all young chanter students.
Celtic Heritage, Dec 98/Jan 99 issue
Not Just For Children, Eh? By Marjorie MacHattie
.... This is no children's book. Rather, it
is a beautifully illustrated book about children,
written in a style that can be universally enjoyed.
... In his book, Williams takes us into a vivid and
fertile boyhood fantasy world where the lines
between East (the good) and West (the bad) are
clearly drawn.... Those of us past our 45th
birthday can see in our mind's eyes, a terrified
young Sandy, face pale under his freckles, red
curls streaming as he flees Andy Gillis's wrath....
"Sandy Chisholm's Chanter Lessons" is a charming
story, written by one whose affection for children
touches the child in all of us. This book, with
Kate Brown's illustrations, is also a valuable
historical novel and will make a treasured
I read "Sandy Chisholm's Chanter Lessons"
three times since the start of the school year! On
Friday, I took the bus to Halifax and brought it
along to read. I encourage you to make a sequel....
And here's the really big news - I'M GETTING MY
BAGPIPES! It's true! My mother already ordered
them! They should be here by March 1st which would
be exactly my birthday! I can't wait to start on my
James Goldie, Antigonish, NS, age 12,