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The Short Knife

The Short Knife

Published: 4 Mar 2021

Paperback / softback, 400 pages

Recommended for age 11+ and 14+

By Elen Caldecott

Published by Andersen Press Ltd

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Nominated for the Carnegie MedalIt is the year 454AD. The Roman Empire has withdrawn from Britain, throwing it into the chaos of the Dark Ages. Mai has been kept safe by her father and her sister, Haf.

But when Saxon warriors arrive at their farm, the family is forced to flee to the hills where British warlords lie in wait. Can Mai survive in a dangerous world where speaking her mother tongue might be deadly, and where even the people she loves the most can't be trusted?

Tagged Anglo-Saxons , belonging , Britons , courage , families , resilience , Wales and women in history

Read our review on justimagine.co.uk