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Year of the Journey
Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 290
Themes: Crusades, faith, peace
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2007
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Based on a true story of a peaceful crusade in 1212, this book traces the lives of three multifaith children as they decide who to put their faith in. 1212 vividly depicts a world both dramatically different and remarkably similar to our own.

Jeffrey Canton, Quill & Quire
"Kathleen McDonnell vividly brings the 13th-century world of these child crusaders to life, but 1212 is also a novel that feels very contemporary in its exploration of the themes of religious tolerance, empire building, and war and peace. "
Sarah's Stars
McDonnell did an excellent job of blending fact and fiction to create a gripping tale.
Readers interested in religious history and European history will appreciate McDonnell's fine work.
McDonnell brings the period alive, and her three characters provide engaging access points into the complicated story.
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A fascinating and challenging piece of historical fiction.

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