The Badger Knight

8 CDs. 9:15 hrs. Recorded Bks. 2014. $87.75. ISBN 9781490632278. Playaway, digital download.
RedReviewStarGr 4–7—Twelve-year-old Adrian is small for his age, and the perfect target for the village bullies. He simply wants to be a bow maker like his father, or maybe an archer, though his father wants him to become a scribe. When the Scots invade England, Adrian leaves his village, seeking his friend Hugh, who has run off to join the army. Adrian goes from village to town to monastery, finding adventure and learning what it means to be a man. When he does meet up with Hugh, he learns that his friend has been caring for a wounded Scottish soldier. But as Adrian helps, he learns that maybe the enemy isn't so bad, and that perhaps war isn't so glorious after all. Most importantly, Adrian learns to think for himself, and have the courage to do what is right, even if it is not popular. Narrator Graham Halstead brings the story to life, and children and adults alike will be captivated by Adrian's tale.
VERDICT This exceptional audiobook should be required listening for tweens.

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