Author(s): Kevin Crossley-Holland
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.
Hardback sales of over 14,500 copies. The Arthur Trilogy has sold over 420,000 copies. THE SEEING STONE was winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Tir na nOg Best English-language Book Award, the Smarties Bronze Award and shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. The Arthur Trilogy has sold in 23 territories.
Shortlisted for Carnegie Medal 2008.
'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
Kevin Crossley-Holland is the author of the much acclaimed Arthur trilogy, now sold in 23 languages. He won the Guardian Children's Book Award in 2001 for THE SEEING STONE and the Carnegie Medal in l985 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. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.