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Children's LiteratureYoung Tom Dashwood is thrilled with the arrival of Able Morris, who has come to take Tom to Dashwood Castle. At the castle, the home of Tom's uncle, Tom will begin his training to become a knight. But on their way, Tom and Able are captured by the Green Men of Gressingham, led by Robyn-in-the-Hat. The Green Men seem friendly and fair and are hard at work to help people who have been hurt by servants of Dashwood Castle. Tom cannot believe his uncle would be involved in attacking and kidnapping innocent people, but when he gets to the castle, he finds the dungeon full of peasants. Is his uncle really trying to hurt people just to collect more taxes? Or is Marshall Guppy to blame? And how can Tom help young Gee-Gee and the others in the dungeon without becoming a prisoner himself? This is one of several books Stone Arch publishes for reluctant readers, with an exciting story likely to appeal to boys, told in low-reading-level text. 2006, Stone Arch Books/Coughlan Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger