Before I began work on this book, I knew nothing about the strange and sad event it depicts. Even now, I find it hard to believe that thousands of children and young adults would be willing and able to travel hundreds of miles by foot with few provisions--or that their parents would permit them to do so. The challenge I faced was to explain not only what happened, but, more importantly, how it happened. The consequences of the Children's Crusade were horrific. Hundreds of children died along the way. Thousands more were abducted, abused, or enslaved. The crusade itself was futile. Only a few children reached the Holy Land, and those arrived as slaves. Equally sad is the fact that the forces that shaped this disaster--the religious, social, and political conflicts between Christians, Muslims, and Jews--persist to this day.About the Author:
Bradley Steffens is the author of twenty-one nonfiction books for children and young adults, coauthor of seven, and editor of the 2004 anthology, The Free Speech Movement.A former columnist for Gig magazine and the former editor of The Foundation magazine, published by Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar, Steffens has contributed dozens of articles to publications around the world, including Velvet Magazine (UAE), Discovery Channel Magazine (Singapore), QScience Review (Qatar), and the Los Angeles Times (USA).He is a two-time recipient of the San Diego Book Award for Best Young Adult & Children's Nonfiction. His Giants won the 2005 award and his People in the News: J.K. Rowling garnered the 2007 prize. J.K. Rowling also received the Theodor S. Geisel Award for the best published book by a San Diego County author in 2007.
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Book Description Lucent Books, 1995. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1560061596