THE SILVER CUP by Constance Leeds


Age Range: 12 & up
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Fifteen-year-old Anna lives in a small German village in 1095, a year that will bring great changes. Her cousin Thomas disappears mysteriously and Anna suspects her Aunt Agnes of foul play. Then her cousin Martin joins an army of Crusaders that destroys the Jewish community in nearby Worms. Eight hundred lives are lost in three days, but Anna discovers one little girl who survived the horrific violence, and they become friends. Debut novelist Leeds’s rich, sensory prose captures a time and place in a wealth of particular details, from everyday domestic life to the violence directed at the Jews along the Rhine, depicted quite graphically. Anna seems a girl of her times, with what feels like an authentic medieval outlook on her world. The motivations of the Crusaders and the excesses possible in a holy war are related clearly. Seasons change and friendship grows, and Anna’s story becomes one of courage, kindness and hope in her corner of the medieval world. (author’s note, historical note, glossary, foreign phrases) (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-670-06157-3
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2007


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