The first book in the highly amusing, award-winning Pagan Chronicles. Entertaining historical fiction, set in twelfth century Jerusalem -- the time of the crusades. Wham! So here I am, standing in a sea of dirt, with a big mad Templar lobbing rocks at my head. Wham! Like some kind of martyr. Wham! He throws like a catapult. 'All right, Pagan, that's enough.' (I should damn well think so.) 'Do you see what your problem is?' Wait - don't tell me. You are. Pursued by some rather unsavoury (and unwashed) characters from the Jerusalem slums, sixteen-year-old Pagan Kidrouk has a cunning idea to avoid paying his debts - he'll join the order of the Templars. But it's out of the frying pan and into the fire, when he's assigned as squire to Lord Roland. Providing Templar escort to naive pilgrims is one thing, defending Jerusalem against the Infidels, led by Saladin, is definitely not what he signed up for! An action-packed, fast-moving story enlivened by the narrator's wry reflections and warm wit.
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Catherine Jinks was born in Brisbane, Queensland, in 1963. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and later spent four years studying medieval history at the University of Sydney. She has had numerous children's novels published including Eye to Eye and What's Hector McKerrow Doing These Days?, and has been shortlisted for several state and national awards, twice winning the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award. After working for a few years as a journalist, she now writes full-time and lives in the Blue Mountains with her husband, Peter, and their daughter.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
A big man in brown, sitting behind a table. Big hands. Big chest. Short and broad. Head like a rock, face scarred like a battle axe. He looks up and sees–what’s this? A street urchin? Whatever it is, it’s trouble. Trouble advances cautiously.
"They said I should report to the Standard-Bearer."
The big man nods.
"You can call me sir," he says. (Voice like gravel rattling in a cast-iron pot.) He pulls out a quill pen. "Name?" he says.
"Pagan Kidrouk, sir."
(Hell in a handcart.)
"Pagan Kidrouk, sir."
Scratch, scratch. He writes very slowly.
Rockhead looks up. The brain peeps out from behind the brawn.
"Don’t worry, sir. It didn’t happen in a stable."
Clunk. Another jest falls flat on the ground.
"Rule number one, Kidrouk. In the Order of the Temple you speak only when you’re spoken to."
Rockhead smells rich and rare, like a well-matured piece of cheese. No baths for the Templars. Hot water is for girls and porridge and other soft, wet things. If a Templar wants a bath he can go and stand in the rain. That’s what God put it there for.
"And where did you come from, Kidrouk?" (The unspoken question: out of a slop bucket?) Rockhead is highly suspicious. You can see what he’s thinking. Just look at this runt! Smells like the Infidel, and looks like a Bedouin boy. Skin the color of braised almonds. Built like a horsewhip. Black hair. Black eyes. What in the name of God is this Order coming to? We’ll be recruiting stray dogs next.
"I’m a local, sir. I served in the Jerusalem garrison."
"The night watch. I patrolled the northern beat. Between the Postern of Lazarus and the Postern of Saint Magdalene."
"You mean the Jewry quarter?"
"That’s the one. Sir."
"And why did you leave?"
"Well, sir . . . it was the jokes."
Pause. Rockhead’s brows roll together like gathering thunderclouds. But the storm doesn’t break.
"It was the what?"
"It was the jokes, sir. In the guardroom. Not that I object to jokes as such. Some of my best friends are complete jokes. But I don’t like leper jokes. Or dysentery jokes. Especially when I’m eating."
Rockhead puts his pen down. Game’s over.
PAGAN'S CRUSADE by Catherine Jinks. Copyright (c) 2004 by Catherine Jinks. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, 1993. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good-. Reprint. A 'Starlight' PB, pictorial card covers, VG/--, 147pp, +maps. General rubbing, creasing to edges & corners of covers, spine uncreased, inside has tanning to page edges,white-out to top of h/title, else square, clean & tight. Short-listed for CBCA Book of the Year awards. Set in 12th century Jerusalam. A sixteen year old boy is assigned to work for a Templar knight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # jen000385
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, 1993. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Reprint. A 'Starlight' PB, pictorial card covers, VG/--, 147pp, +maps. Minor rubbing, creasing to covers, spine uncreased, inside has light tanning to page edges, white-out ijside fr cover, else square, clean & tight. Short-listed for CBCA Book of the Year awards. Set in 12th century Jerusalam. A sixteen year old boy is assigned to work for a Templar knight. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # jen000386
Book Description Starlight, Australia, 1997. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Spine is uncreased. Name to sticker on back of cover. Where possible small books will have postage reduced. Bookseller Inventory # 014993
Book Description Hodder and Stoughton, Great Britain, 1996. Medium Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Reprint. Covers have moderate creasing. Edges of covers have superficial wear. Spine is uncreased. Pages are reasonably tanned. An amusing novel telling the story of 16-year-old Pagan, who finds himself working for Lord Roland, a Knight Templar in 12th-century Jerusalem. An action-packed, fast-moving story enlivened by the narrator's wry reflections and warm wit. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Children & Young Adult; 1001 Children's Books You Must Read; ISBN: 0340608595. ISBN/EAN: 9780340608593. Inventory No: 16090306. Bookseller Inventory # 16090306
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, Sydney, 1984. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. reprint. there is a crease at the top left of the rear panel, otherwise the book is without damage and is free of any annotation. 12th century Jerusalem - the time of the Crusades. 16-year-old Pagan is assigned to work for Roland, a Templar knight. Set against a background of mounting tension as the Infidels, led by Saladin, closing on the Holy City of book sympathetically traces the relationship between the night and his squire as Roland emerges both as mental and friend for the orphans Pagan. Size: Mid Sized Paperback ( 7¾" - 9¾" tall ). 147, (3) pages, including 2 pages of maps of Syria in the 12th century and Jerusalem under the Latin Kings. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Quantity Available: 1. Category: Fiction; Children. ISBN: 0340608595. ISBN/EAN: 9780340608593. Inventory No: 0242081. Post will be reduced to $7.80 for posting inside Australia, at the time of processing the order. Bookseller Inventory # 0242081
Book Description Hodder Headline, Sydney, 1994. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 148p, maps at end of text. No crease to spine. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 11472
Book Description Hodder Headline Australia Pty.Ltd, Australia, 1994. Soft cover. Book Condition: Good/V.Good. Kate Linton (illustrator). Bookseller Inventory # 026614