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Title:Gatty's Tale by Crossley-Holland, Kevin ( Author ) ON Sep-06-2007, Paperback
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Crossing To Paradise by Kevin Crossley-Holland (2006)

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  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 5, 2016 |
Gatty’s Tale is the 13th century story of a scruffy, high spirited serving girl who is first introduced in the Arthur trilogy by the same author. Gatty is to serve Lady Gwyneth as they embark on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Along with Gatty and her Lady are an assortment of characters. This core group travels to France then overland to Venice where they then are able to sail to the Holy Land. Along the way they encounter brigands, have adventures, bicker amongst themselves and struggle to find Christ within each other.

Gatty is a wonderful character. She is included on the pilgrimage mainly because of her voice. She can sing like an angel. She has the ability to make up songs that can express what people are feeling and seeing around them. She is earthy, inquisitive, impulsive and charming. Religion played an important role in medieval times. From day to day prayers to the actual visiting of the holy places in and around Jerusalem, praying at various shrines and churches, all this is incorporated easily into the story.

The author never loses sight of the fact that he is writing of the 13th century, and brings these times to life with his vivid descriptions and lyrical writing. Gatty is a heroine that the reader can root for as we read of how she matures into a responsible, mature young woman. Gatty‘s Tale is a great read for any age, it certainly can stand on it’s own, but reading the Arthur trilogy would help to set the background. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 2, 2016 |
Superb novel, a sequel of sorts to the Arthur Trilogy, following the adventures of Gatty, Arthur's earthy, spirited field-worker friend as she is taken on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. A coming of age tale as she blossoms into maturity, learning to read, write and sing, this is a marvelous story, stirring and sad, full of pageantry and colour, ultimately heart-warming. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
I am hoping this is book one in a series! I really liked the European and religious history. The main character, Gatty, was a joy to read. She was uneducated but very sharp. I enjoyed reading about her adventures. ( )
  weisser4 | Jun 3, 2014 |
Eh. Got halfway through, stalled, and just tried to pick it up again last night. Gave up and read the last two chapters instead. The details of the journey are great, but to me the writing and the pacing were a little choppy. And! My pet peeve! There were too many exclamation points! :) Perhaps this book is best for those who read and loved this author's Arthur trilogy, as Gatty is a character from those books. ( )
  MelissaZD | Jan 1, 2014 |
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In the year 1203, nine pilgrims set out on a pilgrimage. The journey - on foot, on horseback and by sea - is fraught with danger. Not all of them will come safely home. Among them is Gatty, whose whole life has been spent working in the fields. Bright, eager and resolute, she is at the heart of a huge, ambitious novel that sweeps across Europe to Jerusalem. All the pilgrims endure aches and pains, homesickness and terrible loss; they are prey to thieves and murdererers; but it is Gatty, whose impulsiveness lands her in desperate trouble, who is transformed by the experience. With knuckle-biting drama, tremendous emotional highs and lows, and unforgettable characters, Kevin Crossley-Holland paints a wonderfully vivid picture of the world of the Middle Ages that answers the question so many readers have asked, of what happens to Gatty.

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In the year 1203, nine companions set out on a pilgrimage. The journey - on foot, on horseback and by sea - is fraught with danger. Not all of them will come safely home. Originally published: 2006.

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