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No Way Back: The Journey of a Convict is the forty-seventh book in the My Story series by Scholastic UK. It was written by Valerie Wilding; her fifth in the series. The book was published on January 2, 2012. It was followed by Wartime Princess, also authored by Wilding.


"For Elsie, who really knows B'nore
With all my love

Book description[]

"It's 1789. Poor Mary Wade envies the rich people who loss her a half penny just to go away. One day she makes a mistake that lands her in London's filthiest prison. Mary's one chance of escaping the gallows is a long and perilous journey to the other side of the world.
What choices does she have when there is no way back?



Main article: List of No Way Back characters


Main article: Valerie Wilding

Valerie Wilding is a children's author who has penned over eighty books. Before writing full-time, she worked as an infant teacher and school librarian.[2] Wilding is the author of six books in the My Story series, including Bloody Tower, The Queen's Spies, Road to War, Highway Girl, and Wartime Princess. No Way Back is her fifth book in the series and her first to be based on a real person. For research, Wilding looked up the Old Bailey records for Mary Wade's trial. Reading the words "made [her] want to find out as much as [she] could" about Mary's life.[3]



See also[]

My Story

The Hunger | Voyage on the Great Titanic | The Crystal Palace | Blitz | My Tudor Queen | Twentieth-Century Girl
The Great Plague | The '45 Rising | Civil War | Trafalgar | The Trenches | Battle of Britain | Mill Girl | Transported
Armada | Crimea | Bloody Tower | Indian Mutiny | Zulu War | Mayflower | Agincourt | Suffragette | Waterloo | Slave Girl
Flying Ace | Anne Boleyn and Me | D-Day | Victorian Workhouse | Spy Smuggler | Desert Danger | War Nurse
U-Boat Hunter | The Queen's Spies

1st relaunch

Princess of Egypt | Pompeii | Road to War | Roman Invasion | Viking Blood | Highway Girl | Sophie's Secret War
The Storm to Come | The Sweep's Boy | The Fall of the Blade | Pyramid of Secrets | Factory Girl | Dodger!
No Way Back | Wartime Princess | London Stories | Berlin Olympics | Lady Jane Grey | Nowhere to Run

2nd relaunch

Codename Céline

3rd relaunch

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan | Ignatius Sancho | Princess Sophia Duleep Singh | Mary Prince

My Royal Story

Victoria | Anastasia | Cleopatra | Marie Antoinette | Elizabeth | Mary, Queen of Scots | Henry VIII's Wives

My True Story

What If They Find Us? | Hero at Dunkirk | Standing Alone | Give Us the Vote!