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Tres corazones, dos cabezas y un verdugo

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  313 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
¿Qué hace una chica como Alice
con un verdugo llamado Dan Skinlicer?

A él le gusta una ejecución limpia
y una buena cena después.
A ella, los vestidos bonitos y montar a caballo.

Pero el destino los junta con la misión
de proteger la cabeza del pobre y decapitado
tío Frank, para devolverle la dignidad.

Juntos recorren el Londres del siglo xviii, llevando
también a su perdición al a
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by Alfaguara Infantil y Juvenil (first published May 4th 2006)
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Hazel West
Thoughts on the Overall Book: Where to begin? I absolutely LOVED this book. The story, the characters, the writing was just all so good that there was nothing not to like! I believe the author wrote it from an actual story, so that just makes it all the more amazing and hilarious. Truthfully, I don't really know what else to say about it.

Cover--Yea or Nay: I like this cover, actually better than the one on the copy I have which I'm not very fond of. This one is very simple though, and I like it
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Ifigenia
Jun 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Lo primero sea dicho, empecé este libro, porque quería desconectar y tenía entendido que era un libro corto, absurdo y divertido (ilusa de mí). Puede que leerlo para desconectar de lenguaje soez, de bullying, de pederastia y de libros que te cuentan que a los niños les quitan los dientes para que puedan hacer mejor las mamadas (demasiada información para vosotros, ¡¡pues imaginaros para mí!! Menos mal que a partir de ahora el factor pederastia ha disminuido bastante en déjame entrar) no ayudase ...more
Bonnie
I had higher hopes for this book - someone compared it to a slightly younger version of The Princess Bride. This comparison was not apt. The idea is that plucky Alice has come to her beloved Uncle Frank's hanging to collect his body and take it back home with her - only the head must remain as a sign to all traitors to not... well, commit treason. Alice steals her uncle's head and runs away with poor Dan Skinslicer, the local hangman, overall nice guy, and doormat. In the process of escaping fro ...more
Jenny
May 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Alice can't stand the thought of Uncle Frank's head on a pike on Temple Bar after being executed for treason for supporting Bonnie Prince Charlie. She tries to steal his head and take it home to bury with his body, but the guard can't have that, so Captain Hew Ffrench is sent up to capture her. One look into her blue eyes and he is in love. Alice escapes with the captain's help and the help of the hangman who executed Uncle Frank. All the attempts to flee London with the head are thwarted and th ...more
Stephanie Tang
General Overview: The premise of this book sounded interesting, but I wasn't sure how much I'd like it -- that's why I checked it out from the library. Unfortunately, How The Hangman Lost His Heart just didn't do it for me.

Characters: Okay, the thing is, I kind of liked the characters. I liked Alice's wit and stubbornness and I liked Dan's resolution and dedication. Sadly, I just never connected with either of them. I enjoyed their casual banter and easy relationship, and I liked the dialogue, e
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Jessica Comley
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice's extraordinary story, of rescuing a head, surviving a court room, and having two lover both of which she loved back! This thrilling book is a real page turner! It ends so sadly when Dan must leave for how can you live when the one you love is loved and married to another? In the Epilogue when it tells you of Dan's death it is so touching, and heart warming! At the very end of the story it tells of how Uncle Frank's head was finally placed in the coffin with his body in 1970 (when the book ...more
Kimberly
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bad
May 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a pooey, POOEY bunch of rubbish! I guess there is something to be said for the author dragging me through this novel in it's entirety... But beyond that it was poorly written, the main character, Alice, was a complete self-centered B**ch, and the amount of drama/peril was nauseating. The only character I enjoyed throughout the story was Uncle Frank (aka, the head). I loved the personality Grant put into the the severed head of Alice's beloved Uncle.
Anna
Jun 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i absolutely LOVED this book. I recomed this to ANYONE: boy, girl, Comedy lover, tragedy fan, theres a little bit of everything in this book. adventure, romance, TRUE STORY! definetly one of the best books ive read! Im going to suggest this for next years caudill list!!!
Alicia
Very quirky, light-hearted story about rescuing a severed head. I couldn't get into it personally, and skipped most of the middle, but I think I just wasn't in the mood.
Megan
I loved Grant's de Granville trilogy (the two-thirds of it I read, anyway), and so read this as a kid as a result. Can't quite remember much about it though, so it gets 3 stars for nostalgia.
Debbie
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alice is heartbroken when her brave Uncle Frank is executed as a traitor after the Battle of Culloden and his head, mounted on a pike, is displayed as a warning to others about the price of rebellion. Her plan to rescue his head and return it to his home to rejoin the rest of his body, draws the executioner, Dan Skinslicer, and a soldier, Captain Ffrench, into unexpected trouble.

Funnier than it sounds and surprisingly touching in a few places. I enjoyed it!
Amy
May 15, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
O.O
=O
-.-


The plot of this book goes something like this:
A spoiled girl's uncle gets his head chopped off for rebellion and his niece, after picking up the body, decides, for some inexplicable reason that is never fully explained, that she must rescue his head, currently being displayed on a pole for the general view of the public.
Instead of doing something sensible, she decides to steal his head in the middle of the day, with everyone watching.
Apparently, stealing a criminal's head is a capitol o
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El Templo
"Alice sabe que se está metiendo en un lío, pero no puede dejar la cabeza del tío Frank colgando de una pica en Temple Bar. Va a conseguir enterrarla con el resto de su cuerpo, aunque ello suponga una alocada huida por las calles de Londres con la cabeza de su tío rebotando esperpénticamente dentro del saco y con el mayor Slavering y sus soldados pisándole los talones. Por suerte, cuenta con la ayuda de Dan Skinslicer, el verdugo, y de el apuesto capitán Ffrench, que no dudarán en arriesgar su v ...more
Lady Knight
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 18th-c
Alice loves Uncle Frank. So much so that she is the only one of her family to attend his execution in London. She is understandably upset when she learns that her uncle's head is to be put on display instead of rightly buried with his body. Alice is determined to get Uncle Frank's head into his coffin, no matter what the cost. So begins the tale of a semi-dead head (it still can make faces...), a strong-willed girl, an executioner, and a soldier with a fear of heights and soft spot for cornflowe ...more
Susan
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Like many who read this book, I'd heard rave reviews and ultimately found that the book did not quite live up to the hype. The book's official description is even a little misleading. Our heroine (of sorts) Alice might be from a good family but she's hardly a nice girl. Her mission--to rescue her uncle's head from a pike and bury him properly is noble in its way but her methods--and the way she bulldozes everyone in her path--are ruthless, and overall she's a very very hard character to like. Th ...more
Heather
Jun 08, 2014 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: triangle
I absolutely loved the voice in this book when I started. Distasteful as the subject matter may be, the narrator didn't shy away from it and instead embraced it in a practical way that felt right for the era.

Unfortunately I couldn't finish past a handful of pages because of one very big flaw the book-flap neglected to warn me about. No, not the love triangle (though I am so very tired of them). The fact that the hangman in question is married and does not lose his heart to his wife, but someone
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Alicia
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Mandi Ellsworth
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect with this one, but it ended up being sweet and sad and fun. Most of it was a romp of a story, with a stubborn, sassy heroine that seems to get out of every scrape with the help of her loyal side-kick Dan Skinslicer. (Some of the names in this are snort-worthy). There were really two love stories in this book, but it was the one between Alice and Dan that was the sweetest. Dan is the kind of man that everyone loves and would want at their back. He isn't witty ...more
Georgie Penn
Dec 04, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yuck
I read the first chapter of this book.

It was gross. I didn't finish it. I picked it up to begin with because it was by K.M. Grant, the same author as one of my favorite books (Blood Red Horse).

As I said before, I was disappointed.

The book starts with a hanging. Alice, can't watch as her Uncle is hung and then chopped up, innards burned, and head cut off, to be hung on a spear as a lesson to other people.
She brings what’s left of her Uncle home, and sets him on the kitchen table.

That's as far
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Karen
Feb 25, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Alice's beloved Uncle Frank has been executed for his loyalty to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Alice can't bear to see her uncle's head displayed on a pike for all to see, so she devises a plan to rescue the head & take it home to be reunited with Frank's body. However all does not go as planned. After a rooftop chase Alice, Dan Skinslicer, her uncle's executioner, and Uncle Frank's head are pursued by the king's soldiers. One of the soldiers, Capt. Hew Ffrench, falls in love with Alice and becomes ...more
Laura Cushing
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet YA romance /adventure story involving a girl, her dead uncle's head, a hangman, and a king's horseman. When Alice's uncle Frank is executed for being a papist- his head is hung up on a pike. But Alice is determined to get him back. Hangman Dan and king's horseman Hew get caught up in this delightful story that takes place during the 1700s when the protestants and catholics were battling it out in England.

Unlike some YA books (say Twilight), the love story presented here is a very positiv
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Terry
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an amusing book about a girl who wants to save the decapitated head of her dead uncle from being left impaled on a stake, the hangman who killed her uncle, and the officer who is supposed to be after the girl for trying to rescue her uncle's head. I thought the girl sometimes made unbelievable/unwise choices, but the storyline was so amusing that I couldn't put the book down. Admittedly, starting the book off with a hanging might be a little off-putting for some, but without it we wouldn ...more
Libby Ames
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Debbie
The title of this book caught my eye first, and then I read the author blurb, which was just as intriguing. K.M. Grant's many times-great uncle had been drawn and quartered, and his head passed down through the family. In this story, Alice's uncle is beheaded, and she tries, with the hangman's help, to rescue the head from public display and reunite it with the body to be buried peacefully. Not the sort of book normally to my taste, but lighthearted (considering the subject) and enjoyable. The h ...more
Maranda
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It was so cute and quirky, I truely appreciated everything abouttis book. I liked all the characters, even the young boy at the beginning who was so worried about his mom, the way we were able to see into their mind as they scurried in and out of the scenes was really endearing. I liked how it was and yet was not a love story, it was just enough action and romance to quench the teen-at-heart in me.

I do think that the silliness of the book retracts from the seriousness
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Mary Jo
This is a young adult book I am going to purchase for the library collection. It's a darkly funny story about the execution of Uncle Frank, and Alice is teenage niece and the only family member to attend the hanging. At first Alice just wants to take Uncle Frank's body back home for a proper burial, but she doesn't want to leave without Uncle Frank's head, which has been placed on display on the rooftop as an example to others who would follow Prince Charlie, the book is full of black humor and ...more
Lauren
Aug 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, but pleasing read. It is a romance, to me, an entertaining one not a boring, slow, mushy romance. There is a plot beyond the main relationship, and although it isn't terribly complex or new, it has its own originality. This book may have not made me laugh, but it made me smile almost completely throughout it. A nice romance, without being stagnant and redudant. I do have to admit, I'm still not sure I liked the ending. I'm still thinking about it. :/ You'll have to decide for yourself i ...more
Gail Gauthier
May 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I thought it was a "very wry and wonderful twist on those books I devoted so much of my adolescence to reading."

"This is a wonderfully balanced book. It is not a historical novel that has only a setting. It does have a detailed setting in time and place. But it also has a great story. It has wonderful, developed characters. It has a traditional theme of man (and woman) against society. And this third-person narrative has plenty of subtle, dark humor."

Excerpts from Original Con
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Brooke Shirts
Feb 26, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta love the premise -- ya gotta love a crime-caper story that involves the pilfering of Uncle Frank's head from London's Temple Bar, circa 1774. The characters' casual brutality is pitch-perfect for the period; funny and thought-provoking at the same time. It also includes a surprisingly nuanced love triangle; teens who have enjoyed (or been force-fed) Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities" will find much to appreciate here.
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K. M. GRANT was inspired by her own family history to write How the Hangman Lost His Heart. Her ancestor, Colonel Francis Towneley, or Uncle Frank, was the last man in Britain to by hanged, drawn, and quartered. His head was passed down for generations of her family until it was finally reunited with his body just after World War II, when it was buried at St. Peter’s Church. It was Uncle Frank’s c ...more
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