Two Boys. One girl. The adventure of a lifetime.
You need three things to become a brave and noble knight:
A fair maiden.
A just cause.
Will has a horse—a small chestnut stallion with a white blaze in his brow. Ellie is a fair maiden, but she’s supposed to marry Will’s older brother, Gavin. And as for the cause, King Richard is calling for a Crusade. The Knights of England must go to the Holy Land to fight. Will and Gavin will go. Blood will be shed. Lives will be taken. But through it all, two things will be constant—Ellie, and a blood-red horse called Hosanna. . . .
Praise for Blood Red Horse:
A Book Sense Children’s Pick
A Booklist Top Ten in Youth First Novels
“Blood Red Horse is an exceptionally good historical novel, all about the big things: life and death, love and loyalty, courage and despair, the treachery of friends, and the nobility of an enemy. As I did, you will lose your heart to Will, Gavin, Ellie, and the Muslim Kamil, but most of all to a magical blood red horse named Hosanna.” —Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife’s Apprentice, a Newbery Medal Winner, and Catherine Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor book
“Transcends boundaries of gender and genre, with something to offer fans of equestrian fare, historical fiction, and battlefield drama alike.” —Booklist, starred review
“A gripping coming of age story that is face paced and exhilarating. …This Crusade has something for every reader: adventure, romance, history, love, and loss.” —Library Media Connection, starred review
“In a very tricky combination, Grant blends historical fiction with a horse story, makes it work and makes us want a promised sequel.”— Chicago Tribune
“A rewarding adventure, one not soon forgotten and one that lends itself to great discussion.” —SLJ