Fortune's Fool by Kathleen Karr

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CONRAD THE GOOD serves as court jester to a most unworthy master: Lord Otto “the Witless,” who rarely appreciates jesting and acrobatics and more often rewards his good fool with a good whipping. So one night, Conrad flees, leaving Otto’s realm in search of a more enlightened master—taking with him only his noble horse, Blackspur, and his beloved, the servant girl Christa the Fair. As they take to the road, they soon learn that along with their quest comes hardship. But for all the hardships they encounter, there are as many unexpected joys and friends in unexpected places, and there is always their love for one another. And always, their destination lies before them: somewhere, a sanctuary where they’ll have the freedom to be together and be themselves.

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About Kathleen Karr

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Kathleen Karr is the author of many acclaimed novels for young readers, including Exiled: Memoirs of a Camel, Gilbert and Sullivan: Set Me Free, Born for Adventure, and Skullduggery. She lives in Washington, D.C.From the Hardcover edition.
Published May 13, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 210 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Conrad has plenty of company on his quest—notably his beloved Christa, a serving girl who disguises herself as his apprentice, and Grock, a sweet-souled “natural” fool—and they face plenty of challenges on the road.

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All too often, Conrad s sharp mind and sharper tongue earn him punishment from Otto “the witless,” to the point where Conrad realizes he must escape and quest for a just master.

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