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Title:
At the crossing-places
Author:
Crossley-Holland, Kevin.
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Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
394 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Summary:
In late twelfth-century England, the thirteen-year-old Arthur goes to begin his new life as squire to Lord Stephen at Holt, where crusaders ready themselves.
General Note:
Sequel to: The seeing stone.

Map on lining papers.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 12.0 66886.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.2 18 Quiz: 31630 Guided reading level: Z.
ISBN:
9780439265980

9780439265997
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Book

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The much-anticipated sequel to the multiple-award-winning novel THE SEEING STONE.

Arthur de Caldicot has achieved his dream: He now serves as squire to Lord Stephen of Holt Castle. But this new world opens up fresh visions as well as old concerns. Arthur longs to escape the shadow of his unfeeling father and meet his birth mother. To marry the beautiful Winnie, but maintain his ties with his friend Gatty. And to become a Crusader, with all the questions of might and right involved.
Just as he so brilliantly did in THE SEEING STONE, Kevin Crossley-Holland weaves Arthurian legend with everyday medieval life in the unforgettable story of one hero's coming of age.


Author Notes

Kevin Crossley-Holland is a well-known poet, a prize-winning children's author, and a translator.

Crossley-Holland has translated Beowulf and The Exeter Book of Riddles from the Anglo-Saxon. He has collaborated with composers Nicola Lefanu (The Green Children and The Wildman), Rupert Bawden (The Sailor's Tale), Sir Arthur Bliss, William Mathias, and Stephen Paulus.

Crossley-Holland's book The Seeing Stone won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize Bronze Medal, and the Tir na n-Og Award. The trilogy has won critical acclaim and been translated into twenty-five languages. His recent and forthcoming books are The Hidden Roads: A Memoir of Childhood, Bracelet of Bones and his new and selected poems The Mountains of Norfolk.

Crossley-Holland often lectures abroad on behalf of the British Council and offers poetry and prose workshops and talks on the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, King Arthur, heroines and heroes, and myth, legend and folk-tale.

Kevin Crossley-Holland is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society for Storytelling, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives on the north Norfolk coast in East Anglia with his wife and children.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. This sequel to The Seeing Stone (2001), which begins in January 1300, involves crossing places in time, in space, and even within characters. Like many 13-year-olds, Arthur himself is in transition, moving from Caldicot Manor to Holt Castle, from page to squire, from boy to man. Now that he has learned his father's identity, he struggles to come to terms with that knowledge, and he resolves to discover who his mother is, as well. More mysterious still, his own identity has been jolted by the revelation of his parentage and confused by his strange affinity with Arthur-in-the-stone, who is like, yet unlike, himself. By the end of the novel, Arthur and Lord Stephen, to whom he is in service, have traveled to Champagne and sworn allegiance to Count Thibaud and his crusade to the Holy Land. Like many middle books of trilogies, this one revels in storytelling and character development without the need to introduce settings and characters, create a thundering climax, or tie up every loose strand of plot. Readers who devoured The Seeing Stone will happily fall under the spell of Arthur's first-person narrative again. Short, satisfying chapters telling of events in his life are again interspersed with vivid tales of what he sees in the stone given him by Merlin: traditional stories of King Arthur unfolding, fresh and dramatic, for him and for readers as well. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

This second book of the Arthur Trilogy continues the tale begun with The Seeing Stone, which, as PW said in its starred review, "inventively reworks the legend of the Round Table." Here 13-year-old Arthur begins life as a squire. Ages 9-12. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Kevin Crossley-Holland's sequel (Scholastic 2002) to the Seeing Stone (Scholastic, 2001) is the second title in his Arthur trilogy. Set in 1200, At the Crossing-Places continues and embellishes the story of young Arthur de Caldicot as he prepares to leave the comfort of familiar surroundings and companions to enter into service as the squire of Lord Stephen de Holt on the Fourth Crusade. Actor Michael Maloney's cultured British accent vividly evokes the sights and sounds of medieval village life during a tumultuous period in English history. However, the voice of Arthur himself is perhaps a bit too polished for that of a lad raised without benefit of formal education, and insufficient differences in the voices of various characters may prove occasionally confusing to young listeners. Still, fascination with the parallel world of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table unveiled through the magic of the seeing stone will entice listeners to persevere to the final chapter.-Cindy Lombardo, Orrville Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.