The Night of the Goat Children by J. Patrick Lewis

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A little kingdom called Beda is under siege by a ruthless band of outlaws! The notorious fiends have encircled the city walls, making the townspeople and their animals prisoners within. But their scheme to starve the good people into surrender is foiled by the ingenious efforts of Beda's courageous Princess Birgitta. Using her knowledge of the outlaws' superstitions, she and a group of brave children stage an imaginatively spooky plan that leaves the no longer quite so tough bandits running for the hills! Based on an amazing true event, this captivating medieval fantasy will thrill all who love kingdoms, adventure, and clever feats of daring-do where the "kids" outsmart the bad guys! J. Patrick Lewis has crafted an exciting, enchanting tale sure to charm his many fans of such acclaimed Dial books as Long Was the Winter Road They Traveled, The Frog Princess, and The Christmas of the Reddle Moon, of which Publishers Weekly declared, "Lewis writes with the pen of an angel." Alexi Natchev's lush artwork provides the perfect accompaniment.

About J. Patrick Lewis

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J. Patrick Lewis is the 2011 winner of the NCTE Award for Poetry and is our current Children's Poet Laureate. He has written more than sixty books for children and adults, including Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles and Please Bury Me in the Library. In Fall 2012, he has two other books scheduled: When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders (Chronicle) and The National Geographic Book of Animal Poems (an anthology Lewis edited for National Geographic). He lives in Westerville, Ohio. Robert San Souci is the author of many popular and acclaimed books for young readers. Alexi Natchev has illustrated a number of picture books both in the United States and in his native Bulgaria.
Published March 1, 1999 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the siege continues, Birgitta devises an ingenious and daring plan and, with the help of some plucky village children, she saves the day-and the kingdom.

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