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Gatty's Tale

Kevin Crossley-Holland

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)

The magnificent picaresque story of a medieval pilgrimage.

Of all the characters in THE SEEING STONE and AT THE CROSSING-PLACES, it is Gatty the village girl - steadfast, forthright, innocent and wise - who has won the hearts of readers. This is her story.

Gatty, who has never been further than her own village, is picked by Lady Gwyneth of Ewloe to join the band of pilgrims accompanying her to Jerusalem. The journey is fraught with danger and uncertainty, but opens Gatty's eyes to new wonders and transforms her. A joyful, heartrending, triumphant novel, packed with incident, teeming with characters, and a long-awaited treat for the many readers who want to know what happened to Gatty after the Arthur trilogy.

This ambitious novel creates a magnificently vivid and realistic picture of life and times in the Europe of 1202.

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Praise for Gatty's Tale

  • Writing of this quality is made to last... a classic in the true sense of the word - THE BOOKSELLER

  • The book captures a world very different from our own - DAILY EXPRESS

  • Kevin Crossley-Holland has a real knack for telling a story well - BIRMINGHAM POST

  • A gripping historical that is dramatic, touching, compelling and will pull at the heartstrings time and time again - MY CHILD

  • With strong, believable characters, and a tremendous picture of medival life, this moving, hopeful story plays with language and offers a wonderful, satisfying ending - GOOD BOOK GUIDE

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Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. For some years he held a university post in Minnesota and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The Seeing Stone won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, At The Crossing-Places won a Silver award at the SWPA Spoken Word Awards and Gatty's Tale was shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal.

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