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  • Shortlisted for the Geoffrey Bilson Historical Award 1997

  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre One of the Outstanding Books of 1996

  • One of the Year’s Best Books, Resource Links 1996


The Second Book of the Crusades

A passionate young knight, Theo can’t wait to embark on the Holy Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem. With his best friend Amalric at his side, he is eager to fight. Equally fervent is Emma, a servant girl who has intrigued Theo since the first time he saw her.

Harper/Collins Canada Ltd., 1996


Quill & Quire

“...the historical detail is rich...the characters come alive, for they are true and real. A gripping, very human story of the First Crusade.”

CM (Canadian Materials), April 28, 2006

“This is an amazing historical novel written in strong, simple vocabulary. Readers will enjoy the excitement and adventure of the travel of a massive army and the descriptive battle scenes, and they can follow the progress of the Crusaders via clear maps at the beginning of each chapter. History teachers will appreciate the accuracy of the details and the chance for modern students to glimpse the realities of the medieval world. The armour of the soldiers and the siege weapons used are vividly described and help the era come to life. Suspense is kept at a peak throughout the story. The ending is a happy one.”

Highly Recommended

Review by Ann Ketcheson