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Shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and nominated for the 2010 Carnegie Medal Full of drama and action, this novel will appeal to all fans of The Falconer's Knot The Falconer's Knot was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award Mary Hoffman has a huge fanbase with her Stravaganza sequence, repackaged recently with a dramatic new cover look

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Mary Hoffman is an acclaimed children's author and critic. She is the author of the internationally bestselling picture book Amazing Grace. Her Stravaganza sequence for Bloomsbury has its own fan forum and the latest, Stravaganza - City of Secrets, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and The Falconer's Knot was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award. She has three grown-up children and lives with her husband in west Oxfordshire.


Gr 6-9-Thirteen-year-old Elinor de Sevignan, with her dark hair, brown complexion, and disdain for dancing, struggles to behave as a donzela, the daughter of a lord. When she learns that her father has promised her in marriage to a man she doesn't love, she escapes the castle disguised as a joglar, a young minstrel, and travels with a troubadour throughout the holdings of southeastern France. Even as Elinor lives with new freedom, powerful men plot a crusade against the Cathars, men and women of the region whose beliefs differ from those prescribed by the Catholic Church; war unfolds and thousands die. While Troubadour overflows with rich historical detail of 13th-century France, Hoffman's characterizations and plot depend most on statement rather than description. Though some readers will be drawn to the story, many will be left wishing for less plot and more detail, less period history and more emotional texture.-Bethany Isaacson, Wheaton Regional Library, Silver Spring, MD Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

'A wonderfully old-fashioned romance' Telegraph 'Well researched and rivetingly readable, this runaway bride makes the perfect read' The Times

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