The Perilous Gard

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In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids' and include human sacrifice.

In 1558 while imprisoned at Elwenwood Hall, a remote castle in northern England, teenaged Kate Sutton finds herself involved in a series of mysterious events that eventually bring her...

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Overview

In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids' and include human sacrifice.

In 1558 while imprisoned at Elwenwood Hall, a remote castle in northern England, teenaged Kate Sutton finds herself involved in a series of mysterious events that eventually bring her to an underground labyrinth peopled by the last practitioners of druidic magic.

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This reissue of a 1975 Newbery Honor Book filled with myth, magic and mystery should appeal to fans of Harry Potter. In this tale set in 1558, Katherine Sutton, an attendant to Princess Elizabeth, is banished through no fault of her own to a remote and fearsome castle, Perilous Gard. In this isolated spot, she can't help investigating the mysterious happenings no one will talk about. When she discovers that fairies guard the profitable magic well at Perilous Gard, she ends up a prisoner in the underground fairyland. The Queen of the Fairies is impressed with Kate's courage, so allows her special privileges when she completes her menial chores. As Kate explores this strange world, she discovers that her friend, Christopher, is imprisoned there. He is being prepared as the human sacrifice the fairies must offer to maintain their power. She vows to save him and uses all her strength and ingenuity to succeed. This ends, as do most good fairy tales, with the heroine living happily ever after. Cleverly written descriptions and dialog bring the Tudor times to life. For example, the author describes Kate's ancestor who founded the family fortunes thus—"Sir Giles had started life as a common merchant seaman (the malicious rumor that he had been a pirate was almost universally discredited), and though in the end he had grown rich and died knighted, it was not for his grace or good looks." 2001 (orig. 1974), Houghton Mifflin, $5.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer: Janet Crane Barley<%ISBN%>0618150730
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618150731
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/29/2001
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 556,239
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2007

    The Perilous Gard Rocks!

    Dude this book is like awesome I have had it since I was like 2 and personally I love it! It has a hot dude (Christopher) who is described as young handsome and finely made. Kate is the opposite she's tall and very awkward (not gay awkward). She thinks she's ugly but Christopher does not while she later finds out that she is. But, Heck she saves his life at the end and it all ends happily ever after. *ish*

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2007

    If you like historical fiction you like this book

    An excellent book for all ages. It's about a girl who goes to live in a town with a un avoidable secret. She soon finds herself wrapped up in a situation that is way over her head. But even in one of the most wreached of places she must keep her ground and find her way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2007

    The Perilous Gard-an excellent book!

    Awesome, awesome, awesome if you love stories of the supernatural, especially ones involving fairies and Elizabethan culture. Pope is such a great author! If you haven't read this book-you need to immediately!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    Definetly Deserves It's Newberry Award Medal

    This book is one of my favorite books of all time. I am an avid book reader and have read hundreds of books, this by far being in the Top 3 of my list. It is a fast paced, exciting and romantic read, a perfect book to curl up on the couch with. I discovered this book around last year at my local bookstore and i must've read it at least 20 times sinse then because it nevers gets tiring. When I say it, I mean it, you really need to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    Superb.

    I absolutely loved this book. It has so many twists and turns that you never know what's going to happen. I definitely give it five stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    A fantastic book

    The year is 1558, and the queen of England is still Mary. Alicia and Kate Sutton are both ladies-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth. Alicia sends an impertinent letter to Queen Mary, and as a result Mary exiles Kate to a castle (gard) in northern England. It is there that she first comes in contact with Christopher Heron, Master John, and the people of the hill. This is an incredible story. Kate is a womderful heroine, and very human; she makes mistakes, is clumsy, meddles, and cares about others, so you can relate to her. I would honestly give this book more stars, if you could. This is absolutely one of my favorite books of all time. I first read it 3 years ago, and I am continually rereading it. I love all the characters, especially Kate and Christopher. If you have not yet read this book, you must read it now. I am only sorry that there is not a sequel. I could read a million sequels to this book, if only there were any.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    A wonderful Book

    Teh Perilous Gard was recomended for me by some friends and i loved it! Now I tell my friends to read it and can't wait to get a copy. I read it at least three times when i got it from the library. Pope is able to combine two different worlds and make them work. The deatails she puts in stay with you, and everything is so belivable. I recomend this book for Meddling Pumpkin Heads everywhere!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Definitely a Must Read for All

    This book is one of the best that I have ever read. Anyone who has the least bit of imagination will be enthralled. It is a book that reaches to the hearts of everyone of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2003

    my top ten

    This has been my favorite book since childhood, and it really isn't a childs book I have re-read it at least a dozen times since thoes original first days at 7 or 8 and I'd advise anyone from any age group to enjoy it as well!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2002

    Great book!

    I thought The Perilous Gard was a great book! I coundn't seem to make myself put it down. I think that Elizabeth Marie Pope is a wonderful author and I can't wait to read some of her other works! Definitely read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2002

    good to see back in print

    This is just about one of the best "faerie" books I have ever read. It's not pretty and fluffy, it's dark and faintly dangerous and foreboding. There aren't any rainbow wings here, this book is about a people trying to keep their culture and their customs, as bloodthirsty and macabre as they may seem to us. Humans are merely getting in the way. I read this about 15 years ago at my local library and was beside myself to see it in my bookstore last year. Any faerie fan should enjoy this with very few reservations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2002

    The Perilous Gard

    This is one of the best books i have read! before i started reading it i thought it wasn't going to be a great book. but i was definatley wrong!!! i finished in one day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2002

    The perlious gard

    I thought this book was really great! I got it to read at B. DAlton for my sister's swim meet and I read it in a whole day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2002

    The Best!

    This was one of the best books I've ever read in my entire life! Fantastic detail, great book! Elizabeth Marie Pope is certainly a fabulous writer and I look forward to reading other books written by her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    Perfect Fantasy

    This is one of my all-time favourite books. The story of Kate, lady-in-waiting to Princess Elizabeth, and how she meets her destiny after she is dismissed from Elizabeth's service, is believable and delightful. This book shares many aspects with Diana Wynne Jones' 'Fire and Hemlock' and with Sally Odgers 'Translations in Celadon'. If you enjoyed either of these books, read this one. You won't be sorry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2000

    I Read It Every Year!

    I love this book. It is my favorite in the world. I reread it all the time. I really enjoy the 'believable' magic.

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