The Leopard Sword by Michael Cadnum

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Ragged and exhausted from fighting in the Crusades, Hubert, a knight's squire, and his fellow crusaders board a ship bound for England. But the return home is neither quick nor easy. Hubert must use his sword against ships full of attacking infidels, and he is nearly slain at the hand of a vengeful knight. A shipwreck strands them in Rome, where the beautiful and brave Lady Galena nearly tempts him to stay. Instead, loyalty to his master prevails and they finally reach their beloved land-only to find that one of their group faces execution when he steps ashore. If Hubert is to save his friend's life, he must first save his own.

About Michael Cadnum

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MICHAEL CADNUM lives in Albany, California. He is the author of many acclaimed titles, including the medieval adventure The Book of the Lion, a National Book Award finalist.
Published September 16, 2002 by Viking Children's. 216 pages
Genres: History, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, War, Children's Books. Fiction

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This makes for an episodic story with little cohesion beyond the characters’ desire to return home and their feud with a rival knight and his page, the resolution of which contains the heart of the text’s argument: how much is one willing to fight, and for what cause is a fight justified?

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Michael Cadnum follows up The Book of the Lion, which PW called a ""majestic novel"" in a starred review, with The Leopard Sword.

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