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Crusade in Jeans
     

Crusade in Jeans

by Thea Beckman, Handprint
 

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Rudolf Hefting of Amsterdam thought he was engaged in an experiment that would take him back to the Middle Ages to a tournament of knights. But by a miscalculation of the computer, he arrives in the Rhineland at the exact time that the Children's Crusade is passing through. A stranded traveler in time, Rudolf joins the immense children's army — almost 10,000

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Rudolf Hefting of Amsterdam thought he was engaged in an experiment that would take him back to the Middle Ages to a tournament of knights. But by a miscalculation of the computer, he arrives in the Rhineland at the exact time that the Children's Crusade is passing through. A stranded traveler in time, Rudolf joins the immense children's army — almost 10,000 strong. With Rudolf, the reader struggles to understand how it was possible that children between the ages of 6 and 15 thought they could travel across Europe, then cross the sea to drive away the Saracens from the Holy Land. They had no weapons, transportation, or money; they experienced hunger, epidemics, and death. The dreadful conditions he encounters compel him to use his 20th-century knowledge to try to create order out of chaos. In spite of himself, he becomes a leader and organizer. And along the way he also experiences loyal friendships, courage, and devotion to God. This wonderfully rich story is a winner of the Golden Pen, the most prestigious Dutch national award for children's books.

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Publishers Weekly
Dolf Hefting thinks he is being transported to Montgivray, France, on June 14, 1212. Instead he lands in Rhineland just as the Children's Crusade passes through, en route to liberate Jerusalem from the Saracens. When Dolf finds the opportunity to return home, he must decide whether to remain with the children or go back to his own era. Ages 10-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781886910263
Publisher:
Boyds Mills Press
Publication date:
04/05/2003
Edition description:
First Front Street Edition
Pages:
313
Product dimensions:
5.41(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Thea Beckman (1923-2004) was born in Rotterdam. She began writing in 1947, but it was not until her children were grown that she devoted herself to writing full time. Ms. Beckman was fascinated by history and wrote books about many historical periods ranging from the Middle Ages and extending into to the future.

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