The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-cart Knight

The Princess, the Crone, and the Dung-cart Knight

eBook - 2008
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Determined to find the knight responsible for the terrible deaths of her mother and the Jewish peddler who had given them a home, thirteen-year-old Sarah is helped in her quest by a strange old woman, a magical sword, a young faery, and an unkempt knight with little armor and no horse.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Sandpaper/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008, c2004.
ISBN: 9780547349909
0547349904
Characteristics: 1 online resource (310 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive

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Jan 31, 2016

I have been reading this series to my 9 year old son in sequence. This story was a bit darker and more suspenseful than the previous books. A few times I hesitated a bit as, for example, the main character, a 13 year old girl, lops off the head of a knight early in the story. There is also a minor theme of Jewish persecution that runs through the story. But Morris handles these topics very well and provides resolution to the tension they introduce. Morris does a good job in all books of creating female characters that challenge traditional gender roles, even as he portrays chivalry as a central pillar of feudal society. This book in particular has an ironic twist in that regard.
As with the other books, I appreciate Morris's sincere writing, his love of the material and his talent to retell a great story.

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Jan 31, 2016

Sarah, a 13 year old orphan sets out to avenge her parents' death. A chance encounter with Sir Kai and the queen sets her on a course to journey with Sir Gawain and Terrence. Then a dirty knight in a dung cart replaces Gawain and Terrence as they set off to Logres to rescue their comrades. Sarah and the knight journey to their final encounter with the puppet of a greater evil that lurks constantly behind the scenes.

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