Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 8 to 12
- Reading age: 12 to 18
In a world where thousands are dying over matters of religion, where do you go? What do you believe? Who do you put your own faith in? These questions, so relevent to growing up in 2006, are also questions faced by young people hundreds of years ago as th
About the author
Kathleen McDonnell grew up in Chicago, but has lived in Canada for all of her adult life and graduated with a BA from the University of Toronto. She is the author of nine books of non-fiction and YA fiction. She's also written more than a dozen plays, many of which have had award-winning productions in Canada and the United States. As befits a passionate swimmer, McDonnell lives on Toronto Island; a unique, vibrant, mostly car-free community a ten-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto where she and her life partner Alec raised their two daughters, Martha and Ivy.
1212:Year of the JourneyThree very different youngsters in medieval France – a Jewish university student, a shepherd boy who feels chosen to lead the Children’s Crusade, and a girl who is one of the few survivors from the massacres of Cathars (a breakaway Christian group hated by the established Church) – each is drawn into the tragic Crusade. Kathleen McDonnell skillfully weaves their stories together as they meet and travel together, then are driven apart by various forces. It isn’t until the end of the book that we know whether they ever meet again, but the intervening chapters are a very satisfying read.
Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2007. Vol.30 No.2.
1212: Year of the JourneyIn 1212, the religious wars are raging. Three young people embark on a journey filled with adversity, as they lead thousands of children in a crusade for peace. Based on a true story.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.
Other titles by Kathleen McDonnell
Growing Old, Going Cold
Notes on Swimming, Aging, and Finishing Last
Honey, We Lost the Kids
Re-thinking childhood in the multimedia age
Putting On a Show
Theater for Young People
The Shining World
Not an Easy Choice
A Feminist Re-examines Abortion