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Keeper of the Grail (Youngest Templar (Pb)) [Library Binding]

Michael P. Spradlin
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17 Sep 2009 Youngest Templar (Pb) (Book 1)
Blending history and fiction into a potent concoction of adventure and suspense, this trilogy tells the remarkable tale of Tristan, an orphan, whose life is forever changed when a group of Knights Templar stop to rest for the night at the Abbey where he was raised.

Abandoned at the Abbey sixteen years ago, the arrival of the Knights Templar transforms Tristan's quiet existence. When he is appointed squire for the mysterious Sir Thomas, he soon becomes swept up in the chaos of the Crusades. Shocked by the bloodthirsty battles and loss of life, Tristan begins to doubt what he is fighting for - until he is made keeper of the most sacred relic: the Holy Grail. With the heavy weight of history and duty now upon him, Tristan's adventure has truly begun. Making both enemies and allies along the way, including the wayward Robard Hode, will Tristan succeed in safely bringing the Holy Grail home?
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  • Library Binding: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Reprint edition (17 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606150684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606150682
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,306,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Adventure quest at its best! Readers will be dying for the next installment.' - Meg Cabot

'The Youngest Templar is a rollicking medieval adventure, full of mystery, surprise and danger.' - Peter Abrahams, New York Times best-selling author of Down The Rabbit Hole

'Dan Brown-style adventure and mystery... All the right ingredients.' - The Bookseller

'This book is better written than most Templar fiction and more historically accurate than most Templar non-fiction.' - TemplarHistory.com

'A masterful blend of whimsical fantasy, spellbinding suspense, and historical mystery... not to be missed!' - James Rollins, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

'With a bit of history, a helping of intrigue and a whole lot of adventure, Michael Spradlin has created the perfect recipe for a thrilling journey.' - --Kate Schwab, District Marketing Manager, Borders Books & Music

If the first book is any indication of what's to come in the rest of the series, readers are in for a treat over the next few years... This book is better written than most Templar fiction and more historically accurate than most templar nonfiction... --TemplarHistory.com

With a bit of history, a helping of intrigue and a whole lot of adventure, Michael Spradlin has created the perfect recipe for a thrilling journey. --Kate Schwab, District Marketing Manager, Borders Books & Music --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

About the Author

Michael P Spradlin is the author of several books for children. His most recent young adult novel is SKY GODDESS: To Hawaii, With Love. The first book in the series was nominated for a 2006 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery, and is on the ballot for the 2006-2007 Georgia State Book Award. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 19 Sep 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
KEEPER OF THE GRAIL is the beginning of a new series by Michael P. Spradlin. Readers might think that an adventure set in 1191 A.D. would be dry, historical reading, but in this case those readers would be totally wrong. Tristan's adventures are anything but dry. Though they may be historical at times, they are packed with one exciting event after another.

An orphan raised by a group of monks, Tristan never knew his parents or anything of his history. Now he is faced with taking his vows and remaining at the monastery forever or finding his true calling elsewhere. The decision is made for him one day with the arrival of a group of men on horseback.

A regiment of the Knights of the Templar come to the monastery seeking a place to rest themselves and their horses. Tristan is sent to the stables to tend to the horses and that task turns his life upside down. One of the knights, Sir Thomas, approaches Tristan with an offer. He has recently lost his personal squire and is in search of a replacement. Seeing how skillfully Tristan handles the horses, he invites the boy to join the regiment.

Although Tristan is reluctant to leave the monks and the only place he has ever called home, he recognizes this as the chance of a lifetime and accepts the position. Suddenly he finds himself headed off with some of the world's most famous knights to fight in the Crusades.

Imagine the excitement of a young boy actually meeting the king, King Richard the Lionheart, and learning that he is about to join him in battle. What follows takes Tristan from England to the Holy Land into a battle to save the city of Acre. There are bloody battles with plenty of flying arrows and clashing broadswords as the knights attempt to defend the King's lands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 8 May 2010
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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KEEPER OF THE GRAIL is the beginning of a new series by Michael P. Spradlin. Readers might think that an adventure set in 1191 A.D. would be dry, historical reading, but in this case those readers would be totally wrong. Tristan's adventures are anything but dry. Though they may be historical at times, they are packed with one exciting event after another.

An orphan raised by a group of monks, Tristan never knew his parents or anything of his history. Now he is faced with taking his vows and remaining at the monastery forever or finding his true calling elsewhere. The decision is made for him one day with the arrival of a group of men on horseback.

A regiment of the Knights of the Templar come to the monastery seeking a place to rest themselves and their horses. Tristan is sent to the stables to tend to the horses and that task turns his life upside down. One of the knights, Sir Thomas, approaches Tristan with an offer. He has recently lost his personal squire and is in search of a replacement. Seeing how skillfully Tristan handles the horses, he invites the boy to join the regiment.

Although Tristan is reluctant to leave the monks and the only place he has ever called home, he recognizes this as the chance of a lifetime and accepts the position. Suddenly he finds himself headed off with some of the world's most famous knights to fight in the Crusades.

Imagine the excitement of a young boy actually meeting the king, King Richard the Lionheart, and learning that he is about to join him in battle. What follows takes Tristan from England to the Holy Land into a battle to save the city of Acre. There are bloody battles with plenty of flying arrows and clashing broadswords as the knights attempt to defend the King's lands. In the middle of all the fighting, Tristan is shocked to discover he is being given the responsibility of guarding the most valuable item imaginable - the Holy Grail.

THE YOUNGEST TEMPLAR series is sure to grab the attention of middle grade and teen readers. They will speed through this first book and be anxiously awaiting the second, due out next fall.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting middle school medieval thriller 19 Sep 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Cistercian monks have raised the orphan Tristan with love, but in 1191 at almost fifteen years old, he is given the choice of accompanying Knight Templar Sir Thomas as he joins the Third Crusade. Tristan agrees to go with the knight to Outreamer in God's name. Once in the Holy Land, Richard the Lionhearted and Templar Knight Sir Hugh act hostile towards the teen.

In the Holy Land, Tristan participates in the Battle of Acre. However, even at rest he finds Saracens seem to single him out for assassination though Tristan has no idea why they and bandits seek out a nonentity like him. He is fortunate that Robard Hode of Sherwood saves his life from a Saracen assassin Maryam the Maid even as he becomes the bearer of the holiest of relics, which makes him even more of a target from all sides of the dispute.

The first Youngest Templar middle school medieval thriller with hints of fantasy especially the climax is an exciting action-packed tale starring an intriguing young teen protagonist who does not receive a hero's welcome in the Holy Land from either side of the conflict. The story line is fast-paced while also having obvious ties to the modern day Middle East scenario as well as to Robin Hood and the title artifact. Tweeners will root for Tristan (no commentary as to his name) as he struggles with survival while protecting the relic with his life but also wondering why his alleged allies as much as his adversaries want him dead.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book for Templar Enthusiasts of All Ages 28 May 2009
By Baelmyrrdn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
When I was (finally!) able to get a copy of this book to review, I found it to be well worth the wait. The first in a series, the "Youngest Templar" chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old orphan named Tristan and his adventures among the legendary Knights Templar.

Although the book falls in the "young adult/fantasy" book genre, there is much to commend it for readers of all ages. From the prologue to the last chapter, the adventures of the story's young protagonist will enthall boys and girls alike. If you have young readers in your household (or just want to re-experience the joys of summer reading as a kid again), I recommend this book highly.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 19 Sep 2008
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
KEEPER OF THE GRAIL is the beginning of a new series by Michael P. Spradlin. Readers might think that an adventure set in 1191 A.D. would be dry, historical reading, but in this case those readers would be totally wrong. Tristan's adventures are anything but dry. Though they may be historical at times, they are packed with one exciting event after another.

An orphan raised by a group of monks, Tristan never knew his parents or anything of his history. Now he is faced with taking his vows and remaining at the monastery forever or finding his true calling elsewhere. The decision is made for him one day with the arrival of a group of men on horseback.

A regiment of the Knights of the Templar come to the monastery seeking a place to rest themselves and their horses. Tristan is sent to the stables to tend to the horses and that task turns his life upside down. One of the knights, Sir Thomas, approaches Tristan with an offer. He has recently lost his personal squire and is in search of a replacement. Seeing how skillfully Tristan handles the horses, he invites the boy to join the regiment.

Although Tristan is reluctant to leave the monks and the only place he has ever called home, he recognizes this as the chance of a lifetime and accepts the position. Suddenly he finds himself headed off with some of the world's most famous knights to fight in the Crusades.

Imagine the excitement of a young boy actually meeting the king, King Richard the Lionheart, and learning that he is about to join him in battle. What follows takes Tristan from England to the Holy Land into a battle to save the city of Acre. There are bloody battles with plenty of flying arrows and clashing broadswords as the knights attempt to defend the King's lands. In the middle of all the fighting, Tristan is shocked to discover he is being given the responsibility of guarding the most valuable item imaginable - the Holy Grail.

THE YOUNGEST TEMPLAR series is sure to grab the attention of middle grade and teen readers. They will speed through this first book and be anxiously awaiting the second, due out next fall.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a likable read. 9 April 2014
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This is the first book in a likable series about a young would be Templar knight who is in possession of the Holy Grail.A corrupt senior knight is pursuing him and his allies;an archer of King Richard,the Lionhearted and an assassin girl formerly of the enemy.You can relate to the characters and there is factual basing of events.I have all the 3 books in hardcover and don't regret buying it.The characters are not bigger than life like usual fantasy novels are but they stand out.It is not a waste of time.This one starts the balls rolling and ends with a cliffhanger,hooking you enough to have to see what happens next.That was good enough for me.
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