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.
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by Kathryn Erskine
by Eleanor Herman
"In this adventure tale of medieval England, 12-year-old Adrian Black is eager to prove his worth as an archer in the wars against the ÒpaganÓ Scots, even though his father has forbidden his participation. In spite of physical limitations, Adrian is resourceful and nimble as his journey unfolds. Narrator Graham Halstead embraces the ever-changing scenes and characters. As Adrian, he portrays moments of childlike defiance as Adrian confronts his father, heartache as he loses track of his comrade, Hugh, agonizing resignation as he experiences what war does to men, and wisdom as he plans for his future. Be it village field or alehouse, priory or battlefield, Halstead provides added authenticity with a gentle British accent and a Scottish brogue. A glossary of terms completes the production. A.R. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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