The King's Shadow by Elizabeth Alder

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Evyn, son of a Welsh serf, dreams of becoming a traveling storyteller, but a horrible tragedy leaves him a mute orphan. Though his uncle sells him into slavery, Evyn is eventually freed and serves as squire to the valiant Harold Godwinson, who becomes Britain's last Saxon king. Evyn thus takes part in the Battle of Hastings. Based loosely on The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

"Everything is woven into one unbroken whole; Alder spins a good story."-Kirkus Reviews

About Elizabeth Alder

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Elizabeth Alder is the author of "The King's Shadow," which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Willoughby, Ohio.
Published June 30, 1995 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Travel. Fiction

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as slave, then squire, and finally as foster son to Harold, he is witness to the hectic final days of the kingdom: Welsh rebellions, a shipwreck in Normandy, the death of King Edward and Harold's ascent to the throne, the defeat of Norway, and the Battle of Hastings.

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Alder's clunky debut charts the rise and fall of King Harold, as seen by the fictional Evyn, the king's loyal Welsh servant and foster son.

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