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Year of the Journey
Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 240
Themes: Crusades, faith, peace
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/03/2007
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In a world where thousands are dying over matters of religion, where do you go? What do you believe? Who do you put your own faith in? These questions, so relevant to growing up in 2006, are also questions faced by young people hundreds of years ago as they saw their cities and towns destroyed by the Christian Crusades. Based on a true story of a peaceful crusade in 1212 led by children of different faiths, this book traces the lives of three characters as they try to find answers to these persistent questions.

WASHYARG - September 1, 2008
"You can identify with the characters."
by: Jeffrey Canton, Quill & Quire - January 1, 2007
"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. "

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