The Minstrel in the Tower (Stepping Stone)

The Minstrel in the Tower (Stepping Stone)

Gloria Skurzynski

Language: English

Pages: 64

ISBN: 0394895983

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


An adventurous rescue set in the time of medieval knights, castles, bandits, and music.
 
Before their father returns to France from the Crusades, daring Alice and musical Roger set off on their own journey: to find their long-lost uncle. But on the way, the siblings are kidnapped and locked in an ancient hidden tower. To finish their quest, they need to escape—and fast! Can Alice use her courage to slip away and find help? And can Roger use his musical talents to guide her back before it’s too late?
 
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“Three whole days!” she exclaimed through her tears. “What will we eat?” “You won’t be going with me,” Roger said. “Yes I will!” She jumped to her feet. “Mother told me to. I’m supposed to take the lute to our uncle.” Roger could have argued that their mother’s mind wasn’t clear when she spoke those words. Yet in spite of himself he wanted Alice with him on the journey. All their lives they’d depended on each other for company. “All right,” he answered. “But if you come, you have to obey me.

Before Roger could run away, Odo’s arm flashed around his neck, and Odo’s dagger pricked his throat. “Leave my brother alone!” Alice screamed, hurling herself at them. “By my whiskers, another one!” Simon exclaimed. He caught her in his long, skinny arms and held her straight out in front of him. Her feet flailed the air helplessly. “This is the first time my prayers have been answered so swift,” said Simon. The words whistled through his missing teeth. “‘Give us a couple of servants,’ I said,

“Grab the girl, Odo!” When Alice tried to run, Odo caught her ankles and tripped her. “O-ho, Odo, my friend,” crowed Simon. “We’re going to live like kings after all. I’ve just figured out who these two are.” “That ought to do it!” The two men leaned one more log against the old gate. They had fitted it into the doorway and piled logs and rocks and brush and everything within reach against it, so it couldn’t be budged. The tower was sealed. “Now, Simon, tell me why we’ve locked up those

nightingale will soar. And on the left… can you guess, Alice?” “I hope it’s a monkey.” “It is.” Roger clasped her hand. “It will always be your banner as much as mine.” About the Author GLORIA SKURZYNSKI is an award-winning children’s book author. About The Minstrel in the Tower she says, “I’ve been interested in the Middle Ages since I was in my late teens. This period in history is so rich and exciting that I was fascinated by the idea of writing about it for younger readers. I hope

nightingale will soar. And on the left… can you guess, Alice?” “I hope it’s a monkey.” “It is.” Roger clasped her hand. “It will always be your banner as much as mine.” About the Author GLORIA SKURZYNSKI is an award-winning children’s book author. About The Minstrel in the Tower she says, “I’ve been interested in the Middle Ages since I was in my late teens. This period in history is so rich and exciting that I was fascinated by the idea of writing about it for younger readers. I hope

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