The Perilous Gard

The Perilous Gard

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by Elizabeth Marie Pope, Richard Cuffari
     
 

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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.

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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.

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Children's Literature
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140349122
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/01/1992
Series:
Puffin Newbery Library
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.55(d)
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Perilous Gard 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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*
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It is my favorite in the world. I reread it all the time. I really enjoy the 'believable' magic.