Friday, April 9, 2010

There Will be Wolves by Karleen Bradford

Flashback Friday was started over at Lovely Little Shelf (the awesome book blog of an NBC friend of mine). It’s a chance to revisit some of our favorite childhood reads and talk about why we loved them.

I frist read There Will Be Wolves by Karleen Bradford in the 8th grade as a partners book report.  It was actually chosen by my partner by I was drawn into the story almost immediately.

GoodReads Description: Ursula, condemned as a witch because of her knowledge of healing, escapes being burned to death when she joins her father and thousands of others who follow Peter the Hermit on the first Crusade from Cologne to Jerusalem in 1096.

I could not for the life of me remember the title or author of this book and it was driving me crazy because I remembered loving it as a kid.

What I now find most interesting is that once I found it, I realized it takes place during the First Crusade in 1096, which I had completely forgotten about that until I reread the summary. What's fascinating is that I am still totally obsessed with that time period and just recently (within the last few weeks) finished a research paper for my Perspectives on Globalization class, about the effects of the Crusades on Islam of the Middle Ages, focusing on the Muslim population in the first seige of Jerusalem!! Strange right? Religious discrimination and the violence/dark side of "God's War" are the major themes in this book, that I read at the tender age of 13.... and I would then go on to write a University level paper on the same thing when I returned to school as an adult years later! And THEN, just weeks after completing said paper I finally remember to research this book that I rememberd loving as a kid, but couldn't really remember what it was about...? Kinda cool. I guess religion and its history have always been fascinating to me.

I now know that I have to reread this book. Even if it's too young, I just have to do myself the favor, knowing what I know now through my research, and go through it again to see what I think of it now.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like something I would have loved growing up. Can't wait to hear how your re-read goes!

Amy said...

I just did the same thing! I read this book back in middle school but COULD NOT remember the name of it or the author. All I could remember was she saved a dog, was accused of being a witch, then forced to go on the crusades. I remember there being a girl on the cover and the word "wolf" kept popping up in my head. I need to buy this book and re-read it myself now. <3