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Arthur: At the Crossing Places


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The Arthur trilogy already a huge success with fabulous reviews, very high profile, and rights sold in 20 countries A crossover book for the adult and children's market equally A uniquely contemporary take on the Arthurian cycle A fascinating picture of medieval life THE SEEING STONE, the first book in the Arthur trilogy, won the Guardian Children's Book Award and has sold almost 100,000 copies in paperback - 'I was spellbound', said Philip Pullman

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Kevin Crossley-Holland's THE SEEING STONE won the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Tir na n-Og Award, the Bronze Award for the Smarties Prize, and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award. His book STORM won the Carnegie Medal in 1985. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature.


Gr 6-9-In this sequel to The Seeing Stone (Scholastic, 2001), Crossley-Holland continues the story of 14-year-old Arthur in 1200. In the first book, Merlin gave him an obsidian stone; in it, the boy scries the life of his namesake, King Arthur. Now, he has left his foster family to live with Lord Stephen as his squire in training. He's just been told that his blood-father is his foster father's vile brother, and that his mother remains a mystery. He's determined to find her, as he trains to accompany Lord Stephen when he joins the crusades. His seeing stone reveals the parallel lives of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, the Knights of the Round Table, and other legendary characters that all mirror the mores and emotions of the protagonist's life. The book's length and the frequent shifts between both Arthurs' lives make for a challenging read despite the short 101 chapters that vividly depict 13th-century life with its chivalric codes, court etiquette of the highborn, and the hardscrabble lives of the lowborn. The action of the younger Arthur's life unfolds slowly, and it isn't until the end of the book that he finally begins his crusade by traveling to London where he learns that he's being sent to Venice, which sets the scene for the final book in the series. The character list at the beginning of the book is vital to keep track of all the characters and their relationships. Crossley-Holland's writing is lively, and King Arthur fans won't be disappointed.-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Kevin Crossley-Holland will be appearing at the Edinburgh International BookFestival on 25th August 2002 Other dates for this year: 13th October - Ludlow Festival6th November - The Word Bookshop, Market Harborough Praise for At the Crossing Places: "Rich, evocative storytelling." Financial Times "This is storytelling of subtelty and nuance and, for the reflective reader, all the more satisfying for that." Books for Keeps "...a glorious panorama of medievallife, packed with incident and colour, brave deeds, passion , deception and even murder...and is surely destined to be become a classic." East Anglian Dai

This second book of the Arthur Trilogy continues the tale begun with The Seeing Stone, which, as PW said in its starred review, "inventively reworks the legend of the Round Table." Here 13-year-old Arthur begins life as a squire. Ages 9-12. (Oct.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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