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Crusade

by Elizabeth Laird

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Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2007.

Two boys, Adam and Salim, come face to face when they find themselves on opposing sides in a Holy war. Adam is part of a Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem from the infidels; Salim finds himself at the heart of Saladin’s camp. Must they be enemies? What are their differences? Crusade is a story from the past that provides food for thought about the present.

Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "A truly believable voice and wonderfully written story - we couldn't put down this historical page turner."

Crusade Synopsis

TWO BOYS. TWO FAITHS. ONE UNHOLY WAR . . .


When Adam’s mother dies unconfessed, he pledges to save her soul with dust from the Holy Land. Employed as a dog-boy for the local knight, Adam grabs the chance to join the Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem. He burns with determination to strike down the infidel enemy . . .


Salim, a merchant’s son, is leading an uneventful life in the port of Acre – until news arrives that a Crusader attack is imminent. To keep Salim safe, his father buys him an apprenticeship with an esteemed, travelling doctor. But Salim’s employment leads him to the heart of Sultan Saladin’s camp – and into battle against the barbaric and unholy invaders . . .

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ISBN: 9780230018693
Publication date: 01/06/2007
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780230018693
Publication date: 1st June 2007
Author: Elizabeth Laird
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,
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About Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth Laird was born in New Zealand in 1943, the fourth of five children. In 1945, Laird and her family returned to Britain and she grew up in South London, where she was educated at Croydon High School. When she was eighteen, Laird started teaching at a school in Malaysia. She decided to continue her adventurous life, even though she was bitten by a poisonous snake and went down with typhoid. After attending the university in Bristol, Laird began teaching English in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She and a friend would hire mules and go into remote areas in the holidays. After a ...

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