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The Badger Knight

by Kathryn Erskine


Scholastic Press
September 2014


Fiction
Ages 11 – 13 . Grades 6 – 8

Lexile measure: 770L

DRA: 60

Guided Reading: Y

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Adrian is small for his age, even for a twelve year old. It doesn't help that he's an albino, which makes those he meets wonder if he's an angel or a devil. His father is a bowyer, and all Adrian wants to do is become apprenticed and go off to war as a long bowman. But that's not what his father wants for him. Since Adrian can write, his father wants him to be a scribe. That's just about the last thing Adrian wants. When the Scots invade England and Adrian's best friend Hugh runs off to find his father and fight in battles, Adrian soon follows, intent on finding Hugh and joining him in glorious warfare against the pagans invading England from the north. When Adrian finds Hugh, who is caring for a wounded Scotsman, he's horrified that Hugh would aid an enemy. But soon, as Adrian gets to know the Donald, he begins to question what he's been taught about the enemy and the nature of war. In this epic journey an afflicted boy finds and inner strength he never knew belonged to him.
Kathryn Erskine

Kathryn Erskine is the acclaimed author of many distinguished novels for young readers, including Mockingbird, winner of the National Book Award; Seeing Red, a Jane Addams Honor Book; The Badger Knight, lauded by Publishers Weekly as a book to "captivate readers"; The Absolute Value of Mike, an Amazon Best Book and ALA Notable Book; and Quaking, an ALA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. Kathryn lives and writes in central Virginia, and travels the world to talk about writing and seek out more stories.

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  • Praise for MOCKINGBIRD

    Winner of the National Book Award

    "Allusions to Harper Lee's TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, the portrayal of a whole community's healing process, and the sharp insights into Caitlyn's behavior enhance this fine addition to the recent group of books with narrators with autism and Asbergers."--BOOKLIST

    "A valuable book."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

    "A strong and complex character study."--THE HORN BOOK

    Praise for SEEING RED

    * "Erskine has written a powerful indictment of injustice in all forms and an equally powerful and dramatic demonstration that young people, by taking individual action, can actually change history. This is an important book that deserves the widest possible readership."--BOOKLIST, starred review

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