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Gatty's Tale by Kevin Crossley-Holland
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Mar 30, 2011

really liked it
Read in March, 2011

Gatty's Tale is a spin-off of the Arthur & the Seeing Stone books. This book follows Arthur's friend Gatty as she heads off on a pilgrimage for Jerusalem.

A compelling book, and just as in the Arthur books, the writer paints a great picture of living in the period without overwhelming the reader with heavy handed history. That said, some of the writing in this book is downright strange... sort of an attempt to be poetic that just ends up sounding oddly nonsensical.

I also occasionally wondered who this book was for. On one hand, it seems to be for young girls who might identify with the main character. On the other hand, there are scenes in here that, while not explicit in any fashion, definitely seem more adult in nature. An attack that seems like it may lead to rape. A 'teen pregnancy' (they don't explicitly say the character is a teen but she seems to be from the writing). None of this would be odd in a book targeted at teens, but the book otherwise feels like it ought to be read by a younger crowd.

So very odd. But still, a bizarre and entertaining account of a pilgrimage in medieval times. And it wraps up some plot points from the Arthur books, so those are worth reading first.

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