Joan of Arc
Joan had never known anything but war. The same could be said of her parents and her grandparents too. The struggle between France and England had gone on so long it is would be called the Hundred Year’s War. Some wondered if it would ever end.
At the age of thirteen, Joan began to hear the voices of saints. They commanded her to leave her village, take up arms, and go to the aid of the young dauphin, or prince, of France. At seventeen she answered that call. Dressed in armor, carrying a miraculous sword, she inspired the French army and turned the tide of a seemingly endless war. When at last she escorted the timid dauphin to Reims and stood by his side as she was crowned king, Joan was proclaimed the savior of France. But by nineteen she was dead—burned at the stake as a heretic. Five hundred years later she was declared a saint.
Recognition & Awards
American Library Association Notable Book; Publisher’s Weekly, Best Books; Booklist, Top of the List Booklist, Editor’s Choice; Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, Blue Ribbon Titles; Parenting Magazine, Best Books; International Reading Association, Teachers’ Choice; Children’s Book Council, Notable Children’s Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies; Association of Booksellers for Children, Children’s Booksellers’ Choice; Nominee for Golden Kite Award, Nonfiction, SCBWI; Finalist, Riverbank Review Children’s Books of Distinction Award; New York Public Library, One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing; Nominee for the Maine Student Book Award; Nominee for the South Carolina Book Award; Starred Review, Horn Book; Starred Review, School Library Journal; Starred Review, Booklist; Starred Review, Publisher’s Weekly.