How the Hangman Lost His Heart

How the Hangman Lost His Heart

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by K. M. Grant
     
 

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What's a nice girl like Alice doing with a hangman called Dan Skinslicer?
He likes a good clean killing and a hearty supper afterwards.
She likes pretty dresses and riding a well-bred horse.
But fate throws them together on a mission of mercy--to save Alice's poor uncle Frank's head and restore his dignity.
Soon they find themselves on the run from

Overview

What's a nice girl like Alice doing with a hangman called Dan Skinslicer?
He likes a good clean killing and a hearty supper afterwards.
She likes pretty dresses and riding a well-bred horse.
But fate throws them together on a mission of mercy--to save Alice's poor uncle Frank's head and restore his dignity.
Soon they find themselves on the run from every soldier in London.
It could be their necks next!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Julie Hendrix
Frank Towneley was beheaded in 1746 in Britain for being part of the wrong political party. The author is the five times great-niece of this poor man. She has used family lore and historical facts to piece together "Uncle Frank's" story with as much accuracy as possible. Alice, Uncle Frank's niece, attends the beheading and claims the body for burial. Justice Peckersniff has one more indignity in mind: to display Frank's head on a spike along a main road as a deterrent to others. Alice is distraught about this and sets about to steal the head back. She is caught red-handed and now Justice Peckersniff wants to behead her! Her escape is assisted by Colonel French, who is immediately lovestruck, and Dan Skinslicer, the executioner who killed Frank and who is also lovestruck. The story takes many twists and turns as the Colonel, Alice, and the executioner try to escape to friendlier lands while keeping possession of Uncle Frank's head. In real life, Uncle Frank's head was not reunited with his body until the 1950s. The book contains some very gruesome scenes that are so detailed as to make one weak in the knees. Those scenes convey to the reader how dangerous it was to have dissenting political views in that time period in Britain. Reviewer: Julie Hendrix
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8
A novel set in England in 1746. While staying with her grandmother, Alice attends the hanging of her favorite uncle for treason. When his head is placed on a pike above London's Temple Bar, she is determined to retrieve it in order to bury it with his body. Treacherous climbs, horse chases, a stay in a dank prison, and other misadventures follow Alice and the head as they try to make their way home to her parents 250 miles away. Dan Skinslicer, the hangman, is inadvertently caught up in the action along with Captain Hew Ffrench, and both fall in love with Alice. Accused of being traitors against King George, all three are pursued throughout the countryside by the malevolent Major Slavering, who greatly anticipates their punishment. The story is filled with action and interesting characters. Alice's bumbling grandmother and aunt provide comic relief, and everything is tidied up by the end. This is a rousing read, with historical overtones referencing the ongoing battle between Protestants and Catholics.
—Corinda J. HumphreyCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802796721
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
09/18/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
4.99(w) x 8.37(h) x 0.89(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

K. M. GRANT is the third of seven children and grew up in Lancashire, England. This story is based upon her ancestor Frances Towneley, who was indeed the last man in England to be hanged, drawn, and quartered for his support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Much of this strange adventure is based on fact—though it may sound quite far-fetched. She is the author of the acclaimed de Granville trilogy, Blood Red Horse, Green Jasper, and Blaze of Silver. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband and children.

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