Spring 1193 Just returned from the Crusades, brothers Gavin and Will find home changed more than they'd expected - in fact home is a very dangerous place indeed. Ellie is reluctantly preparing for her wedding to Gavin. He's not the problem - marriage is. To Ellie, it means a) servitude, b) no independence and c) certain death in childbirth before she's 18. But marriage, it turns out, is the least of her worries. King Richard has been declared dead and his brother John is claiming the throne. Hartslove castle is attacked on the day of the wedding - and Ellie is kidnapped by one of Prince John's supporters. Gavin knows he should try to rescue her - but can't help thinking that a one-armed knight is no use to anyone, especially a beautiful girl like Ellie. It's left to William and his horse Hosanna to rescue Ellie and prove that King Richard is still alive - but success in both is marred by a tragedy that none of them will ever forget. The heartbreaking sequel to K. M. Grant's brilliant debut novel, BLOOD RED HORSE
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Katie Grant, a writer for the Scotsman newspaper, is one of Scotland's best known political journalists. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9–Green Jasper begins where Blood Red Horse (Walker, 2005) ended. With King Richard imprisoned and supposed dead, there is turmoil in England in the 12th century. Will and Gavin de Granville have returned from the crusade older, wiser, and scarred from battle, Gavin having lost an arm. His betrothed, Ellie, has waited patiently for their return and now is preparing for her marriage. The ceremony is disrupted by Constable de Scabious and his men, who have spread rumors that King Richard is dead and that his brother John has taken the throne. When Ellie is kidnapped and taken to de Scabious's castle, Will feels that his duty is to rescue her while Gavin, who has been injured again, believes that they must be more cautious. Ellie, while waiting and hoping for rescue, holds on to her green jasper necklace, a wedding gift from Gavin that represents faith. Throughout this second adventure of the de Granvilles, loyalties are divided, conflicts arise, and villagers are unsure whom they can trust. Hosanna, the blood red horse, plays an important role in tying the characters together and aiding the knights in their quest to protect the king and rescue the woman they love. Although this action-packed novel can be read alone, it is much more enjoyable if read in sequence.–Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD
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Book Description Puffin, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014131737X