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I Was There: In the Time of the Knights

by Shelley Tanaka
illustrated by Greg Ruhl

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list price: $8.99
also available: Hardcover
published: 2001
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice - Starred Selection
  • Short-listed, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award
  • Commended, Resource Links Best of the Year
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Meet William Marshal, known as the greatest knight who ever lived, and learn about his thrilling, true-life story. As a boy, William was sent to Normandy to learn the ways of a knight. His bravery gained the attention of all of Europe — and of the royal court — as he traveled to the Holy Land during the crusades, battled in tournaments and won prizes. He was given the honour of being the protector of the throne's heir. Colourfully illustrated, the book includes special features, maps, diagrams, and sidebars that explain life in medieval times.

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Contributor notes

Shelley has written six books in the I Was There series, including On Board the Titanic, winner of the 1997 Information Book Award and the 1997 Silver Birch Award, The Buried City of Pompeii, winner of the 1998 Information Book Award, and Discovering the Iceman, winner of the 1997 Mr. Christie Book Award. Shelley lives in Kingston, Ontario. Greg Ruhl's vibrant illustrations appear in a number of books for children, including Westward with Columbus. In the I Was There series, he has also illustrated The Buried City of Pompeii, The Lost Temple of the Aztecs, First on the Moon, and Secrets of the Mummies. Greg lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Editorial Review

“...an excellent series of historical picture books...? (Today's Parent) "[Told] with authority and immediacy...? (The Globe and Mail) “...clean and vivid...sure to appeal to kids...? (Quill and Quire)

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About the Authors

Shelley Tanaka

Shelley Tanaka is an award-winning author, translator and editor who has written and translated more than thirty books for children and young adults. She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.  Shelley lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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