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A Templar's Apprentice (Book of Tormod) by Kat Black
Cover Artist: Scott M. Fischer
Review by Beth Slater
Scholastic Press Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780545056540
Date: 01 February 2009 List Price $16.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

In Scotland in 1307, things were different. The Knights Templar roamed the country, protecting travelers on their journeys - until King Philippe le Bel of France reigned and his armies invaded. But this and much else was little known to Tormod MacLeod and his family in their small hammock. What matters more than anything is getting the tinderbox to the Beltane bonfire on time, a duty 13 year-old Tormod had traded with his older brother but ended up responsible for anyway, as his brother shirked the duty. But as Tormod knows, his father will hold him responsible for getting the job done, and he is running as fast as he can back to their croft to find the tinderbox when fate intercedes.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Scotland. 1307. Thirteen-year-old Tormod MacLeod is different. He knows things before they happen. Even his own brother treats him differently, and all Tormod can do is bide his time until he's old enough to leave the village and make something of himself. His chance comes sooner than expected when a Templar knight asks him to deliver a secret message. But Tormod's efforts end up endangering both their lives. What follows is a desperate journey to escape the army of King Philippe le Bel of France. If he is to survive, Tormod must learn to harness the powers within.

(Source: Scholastic Press)

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