Michael P. Spradlin is the author of more than ten books for children-some of which have actually been published-and is hard at work on the next Youngest Templar adventure. You can visit Michael at www.michaelspradlin.com
Gr 5-8-Michael Spradlin's attention to historical detail, coupled with a swift pace and non-stop action, brings to life the story (Putnam, 2008) of Tristan, a 15-year-old squire for the Knights Templar. Orphaned at birth, Tristan lived a quiet, unassuming life, until the Knights Templar, led by Sir Hugh and Sir Thomas, visited the monastery. Making an enemy of Sir Hugh and finding an ally in Sir Thomas, Tristan is given the opportunity to accompany the Knights to the Holy Land to help fight in the Crusades. From the first chapter to the last, the boy faces peril after peril. He wonders about his identity and his past, often hinted at by the other characters. Given a dangerous, but important task, Tristan must decide whom he can trust and how he can survive. Paul Boemer perfectly portrays the innocence and growing maturity of Tristan, and captures the voices of the other characters, some of whom studnets will recognize for their historical significance and from legends. An excellent selection for school and public libraries for fans of historical fiction and action/adventure stories.-Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.