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The Seventh Expert

An Interactive Medieval Adventure

by Mark Oakley, illustrated by John Mantha

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Medieval history meets interactive storytelling.

In 1362, violent storms pounded Europe, wiping out some coastal settlements. The Seventh Expert, which provides a compelling mix of history, storytelling and interactive fun, puts the reader in charge of rebuilding one medieval village.

Through seven action-filled chapters, each representing a year of rebuilding, the reader faces the struggles of the emerging community. Luckily, six village experts are at the reader's service to offer advice along with a wide range of medieval tools and implements. These experts include:

  • Blacksmith: tools (hammers, plows) and weapons (swords, arrows)
  • Carpenter: buildings (houses, mills) and vehicles (carts, wagons)
  • Farmer: food (bread, beer) and medicines (herbs, soap)
  • Hunter: hunting equipment (bows, traps) and fishing gear (hooks, nets)
  • Knight: siege weapons (cannon, catapults) and defenses (watch towers, palisades)
  • Leatherworker: clothing (boots, leather armor) and riding gear (harnesses, saddles).

The reader becomesthe "seventh expert," responsible for deciding which resources best suit each year's challenges. From finding food to fending off warlords, success depends on making the wisest choices. In all, 60 tools and implements are available in a back-ofthe-book catalog, with descriptions of their real-life properties and historical value to communities in the middle ages.

Bursting with dramatic illustrations, memorable characters, and dozens of sidebars filled with facts about medieval life, The Seventh Expert is a history lesson like no other.

 

About the Authors
Mark Oakley and illustrated by John Mantha
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John Mantha has illustrated 14 previous books, including The Kids Book of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, which was nominated for a B.C. Book Prize. He lives in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

Mark Oakley is the author of the long-running comic book Thieves and Kings. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

John Mantha is the award-winning illustrator of more than a dozen books for young readers. He lives in Toronto.

 

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The Seventh Expert: An Interactive Medieval Adventure

The year is 1362, and a storm has just wiped out the town of Port Haven, England. The survivors move inland, but they face starvation, bandits and disease. Who will help them survive? You will! Step into these pages and take control of a struggling medieval settlement. A die is required.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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