The badger knight

by Erskine, Kathryn.

Format: Book on CD 2014
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual juv CD ERSKINE Kathryn
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
Call Number  juv CD ERSKINE Kathryn
National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine presents a unique novel about a sickly boy's epic journey through England and Scotland at the height of Medieval times. Adrian is small for his age, even for an almost thirteen year old. It doesn't help that he has albinism, which makes those he meets wonder if he's an angel or a devil. His father is a bowyer, and all Adrian wants to do is become apprenticed and go off to war as an archer. But that's not what his father wants for him. Since Adrian can write, his father wants him to be a scribe. That's just about the last thing Adrian wants. When the Scots invade England and Adrian's best friend Hugh runs off to find his father and fight in battles, Adrian soon follows, intent on finding Hugh and joining him in glorious warfare against the pagans invading England from the north. When Adrian finds Hugh, who is caring for a wounded Scotsman, he's horrified that Hugh would aid an enemy. But soon, as Adrian gets to know Donald, he begins to question what he's been taught about the enemy and the nature of war. In this epic journey an afflicted boy finds an inner strength he never knew belonged to him.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Thirteen-year-old Adrian is small and sickly, and others are convinced he will amount to nothing, even though his father is the village bowyer. When the war between England and Scotland erupts around them, Adrian sneaks off alongside his friend Hugh to join the battle, wanting to prove his prowess with a bow and gain the respect of others. But battle in the Middle Ages is violent and unglamorous, and when the two boys end up rescuing a Scotsman from certain death, it causes them to question all they have known about loyalty and calling and, ultimately, what it means to be a man. Erskine has done a remarkable job of showing the horrific destruction of war without being preachy or overly dramatic. Her skillful rendering of medieval life its smells and limitations and ignorance is reminiscent of the best from Kathryn Cushman or Avi's Crispin novels. Readers of both genders will identify with Adrian as he searches for a sense of identity, even while he confronts his own demons.--Moore, Melissa Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this picaresque-style historical novel, 13-year-old Adrian-small, asthmatic, and an albino-dreams of becoming a soldier and fighting the "pagan Scots" that threaten 1346 England. Perceived as weak and touched by the devil, the self-dubbed "Badger" is a skilled archer and has the rare ability to read and write. When his amiable friend Hugh joins the English army, Adrian runs away to follow him. Adrian's meandering journey has its dry moments: his adventures at a priory, friendship with a knight, and encounter with a Roman latrine can read like a checklist meant to supplement a middle-school history class. But National Book Award-winner Erskine (The Absolute Value of Mike) gives her unlikely warrior a lively voice, and the narrative cleverly upends Adrian's assumptions and prejudices, especially when it comes to foreigners and his long suffering cousin Bessie, whose kindness and determination he belittles as badly as others do him. The medieval-era mud and dung, as well as a scene of graphic battle violence, should captivate readers seeking total immersion in a distant, yet vibrantly imagined era. Ages 8-12. Agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Archers -- England -- Juvenile fiction.
Albinos and albinism -- England -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Adventure stories.
Archers -- Fiction.
Runaways -- Fiction.
Albinos and albinism -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Edward III, 1327-1377 -- Juvenile fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Edward III, 1327-1377 -- Fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :Recorded Books,2014
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Halstead, Graham, narrator.
Recorded Books, LLC.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Graham Halstead.
Audience 8 years and up.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact disc.
In container (17 cm.).
"With tracks every 3 minutes for easy book marking"--Container.
Description 8 audio discs (9 hr., 15 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781490632278
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