Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad

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Laurel-Leaf Books, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 151 pages
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For fans of D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths and readers who enjoyed Homer's epic tales comes a retelling of The Iliad by a master storyteller and an award-winning illustrator that evokes the golden age of mythical Greece.

   Homer's epic poem, The Iliad, is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. In it, the abduction of the legendary beauty, Helen of Troy, leads to a conflict in which even the gods and goddesses take sides and intervene. It is in the Trojan War that the most valiant heroes of the ancient world are pitted against one another. Here Hectore, Ajax, Achilles, and Odysseus meet their most formidable challenges and in some casas their tragic ends.
   Rosemary Sutcliff makes such extraordinary stories as those of those Trojan horse, of Aphrodite and the golden apple, and of the fearsome warrior women Amazons, accessible to contemporary young people.
  This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 6-8, Stories) in Appendix B.

Praise for Black Ships Before Troy:

AN ALA Best Book for Young Adults

"This re-creation of the classic epics [is]...described in vivid, exquisitely cadenced prose....A splendid offering, bringing the ancient tale to new and vibrant life."-Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

"[Sutcliff] brings into vivid focus the mythic story of the Trojan War, with all of its visually dramatic elements...[and] leaves many of the epic's powerful metaphors intact."-Publishers Weekly

"Amazingly told, taut with cunning and terror."-Booklist

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About the author (2005)

Rosemary Sutcliff was on born December 14, 1920 in East Clandon in Surrey, England. As a child she had Still's Disease, a form of juvenile arthritis. The effect of this led to many stays in hospital for painful remedial operations. She ended her formal education at fourteen, and went to Bideford Art School. She passed the City and Guilds examination and worked as a painter of miniatures. She felt cramped by the small canvas of miniature painting and turned to writing. Her first two books, The Chronicles of Robin Hood and The Queen Elizabeth Story, were published in 1950. Her other works included The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, Sword Song, and the autobiography Blue Remembered Hills. She won the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association for The Lantern Bearers in 1959 and the annual Horn Book Award for Tristan and Iseult in 1971. She won inaugural Phoenix Award in 1985 for The Mark of the Horse Lord and again in 2010 for The Shining Company. In 1975, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to children's literature, and was promoted to be a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1992. She died on July 23, 1992.

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