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Gatty's Tale Mass Market Paperback – 6 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; New Ed edition (6 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842555707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842555705
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writing of this quality is made to last... a classic in the true sense of the word (THE BOOKSELLER)

The book captures a world very different from our own (DAILY EXPRESS)

Kevin Crossley-Holland has a real knack for telling a story well (BIRMINGHAM POST)

A gripping historical that is dramatic, touching, compelling and will pull at the heartstrings time and time again (MY CHILD)

With strong, believable characters, and a tremendous picture of medival life, this moving, hopeful story plays with language and offers a wonderful, satisfying ending (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

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The magnificent picaresque story of a medieval pilgrimage.

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Format: Hardcover
Incredible! Once more Kevin Crossly-Holland makes a superb creation! This book does not give you time to slump back in your seat, for once it's done with one tantalising moment it's on to another. Short, snappy sentences are perfect for this type of book. Again Holland is pure genius!

In the year 1203 we meet Gatty (servant to Sir John) who has a voice of an untrained angel. One day Sir John hears her singing in the field and contacts his good friend Lady Gwyneth who states that she is in need of a second chamber maid and Gatty's voice may be just the thing she needs; because Lady Gwyneth and some associates are going on a dangerous and daring pilgrimage to Jerusalem in the holy land, but who knows whether they will make it...

This is a story of plain field girl who faces thieves, murderous Saracens and ghastly men. But once she gets through all the tasks that await her there is a glorious prize to be had - that no one would ever have dreamt of!

It amazes me how much Kevin Crossly's writing can touch someone so much compared to his other creations.

Beautifully written, Gatty's Tale devours a medal for the tenderness but simplicity of story.

While reading you totally get to know Gatty and the rest of the characters and begin to feel their worries and woes.

All in all I would recommend this book to anyone!

Robyn
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A Kid's Review on 25 Jan. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok, so it may not be for everyone, but I loved it and couldn't put it down. We had to read it for English, and many people were groaning and grumbling about what a boring book it was, even though they hadn't even read the first page.

Gatty, a 'on the spur of the moment' girl has to leave her home of Caldicot, and travel to Wales where she and 8 other people go on a pilgrim to Jerusulem. That might not sound exciting but it is a really gripping and quite a tear jerking book that is descriptive, yet has a lot of adventure. It can be hard to understand what some of the words mean but after I had finished the book I came across a glossary of words at the back, explaining what all the words meant. It is a truly wonderful medieval tale, a tale that you won't want to finish.
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I bought this book because I had read two of the Arthur trilogy and was about to buy the third. Although not part of the trilogy (obviously) it's about Gatty, who is a character in the three books, and Arthur's friend. The Arthur trilogy was a good read, and I was expecting Gatty's Tale to be of a similar standard - WRONG - it's so much better it's almost as if it's been written by someone else! It's a fabulous read, a really interesting and exciting story, and the kind of book you want to keep reading and not put down until you get to the end. I won't spoil the story for anyone who is trying to decide whether to buy the book or not, however if you are in any doubt BUY IT - you won't be disappointed.Gatty's Tale
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I have read the Arthur trilogy, and while i don't think it's absolutely necessary to have read them before this book, you will most certainly get more from Gatty's Tale if you have. Even if it is just for the small references to The Seeing Stone or At the Crossing Places which brought a smile to my face remembering reading them.
Gatty is the most wonderful heroine, she's innocent but strong, she's ignorant but sharp and bright and really very funny. Not many books bring a tear to this English student's eyes, but Gatty's Tale brought on more than a few! The story is beautifully told, and the reader becomes so attached to Gatty and her fellow pilgrims as they trek to Jerusalem. I felt as if i'd been on the journey with them, and the simple sentances and imagery is magical and effective. By the end, i didn't want to say goodbye to Gatty and the loyal Snout, not to mention all the characters at Caldicot.
This is one of my favourite books, a beautiful and accurate portrayal of medieval life but to get the most out of it, read the Arthur trilogy first, which is just as good, for only then can you reminisce wistfully with Gatty about Arthur and Pip, which when read originally, you wouldn't expect to find that image where it would eventually stay for centuries and more.
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By Hamstead VINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Paraphrased from the back blurb on the paperback:
'In the year 1203, nine companions set out from Wales on a great pilgrimage across Europe to Jerusalem. Not all of them will come home. At the heart of this story is Gatty, the field-girl. Eager, bold and resolute, wide open to new experiences, she has an extraordinary journey of her own to make'

Gatty - short for Gertrude - is a character who features in Kevin Crossley Holland's Arthur trilogy, about a 12th century boy with a link to the Arthurian legends. I have read the first one - The Seeing Stone - and enjoyed it, but not the other two. This one is a spin off about one of the characters in the trilogy, but it does stand completely alone. Gatty is an ignorant, but not unintelligent peasant girl who is having to fend for herself because all of her close relations are dead. She is taken as a female companion by Lady Gwyneth, who wants to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Gatty, who has only been as far as the next village in her short life, suddenly finds herself crossing oceans and land masses in the company of Lady Gwyneth and other members of the community. There's Lady Gwyneth's spoiled, petty attendant, Nest. Snout, who has a cleft palate and hopes for a cure in Jerusalem, Nakin the wily merchant, and several others, each with their idiosyncrasies. The pilgrimage takes them over the Alps and to Venice and Cyprus and for some of them, the Holy Land. After that, there's the matter of the journey home....
This is the story of Gatty's journey, the physical, the emotional, the spiritual. From being a delightful but somewhat thoughtless and foolish adolescent, she learns wisdom and grace, but without ever losing the shining quality of innocence she has about her.
The novel is aimed at the Young Adult market.
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