The Badger Knight (Hardcover)

By Kathryn Erskine

Scholastic Press, 9780545464420, 352pp.

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

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.


About the Author

Kathryn Erskine is the acclaimed author of many distinguished novels for young readers, including MOCKINGBIRD, winner of the National Book Award; THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE, an Amazon Best Book and ALA Notable Book; and QUAKING, an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and SEEING RED, which Booklist hailed as "powerful" in a starred review. Kathryn lives and writes in Charlottesville, Virginia, with her husband and two children.


Praise For The Badger Knight

Praise for The Badger Knight:

* “The integration of historical facts into the text is seamless; readers will leave knowing a sturdy amount about England and Scotland in 1346 but won't even notice how much they are learning, as it is all so cleanly embedded into Adrian's gripping, often harrowing, adventures.” –BCCB, starred review

“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.” –Booklist

“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.” –Publishers Weekly


Praise for Mockingbird:

Winner of the National Book Award

“Allusions to Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, the portrayal of a whole community's healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn's behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers.” –Booklist

“A valuable book.” –School Library Journal

“A strong and complex character study.” –The Horn Book


Praise for Seeing Red:

* “A powerful indictment of injustice of all forms and an equally powerful and dramatic demonstration that young people, by taking individual action, can actually change history. This is an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.” –Booklist, starred review

 “This thought-provoking book will be a valuable addition for any library.” –Library Media Connection