1212: Year of the Journey

1212: Year of the Journey


By Kathleen McDonnell


In a world where thousands are dying over matters of religion, where do you go? What do you believe? Who do you put your own faith in? These questions, so relevant today, are also questions faced by young people hundreds of years ago as they saw their cities and towns destroyed by the Christian Crusades.

Based on a true story of a peaceful crusade in 1212 led by children, this book traces the lives of three multi-faith characters as they try to find answers to these (unfortunately) persistent questions. Award-winning author Kathleen McDonnell vividly draws a world both dramatically different and remarkably similar to our own. An ideal pick for curriculum links to social studies, history, philosophy and religion.

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About the Author

Kathleen McDonnell is an award-winning author and playwright of adult and children’s literature, including The Notherland Journeys series—The Nordlings, The Shining World, and The Songweavers—and Honey, We Lost the Kids. Born in Chicago, Kathleen lives in Toronto with her family.

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Product Information

  • Release: November 30, 2006

  • $9.95 Paperback

  • 290 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.75

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 12-16 / Grades 8-12

  • Guided Reading: Z

  • ISBN: 9781897187111


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Prejudice & Tolerance

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity


Praise for 1212: Year of the Journey

"Kathleen McDonnell vividly brings the 13th-century world of these child crusaders to life, but 1212 is also a novel that feels very contemporary in its exploration of the themes of religious tolerance, empire building, and war and peace... An imaginatively powerful recreation of this unforgettable historical moment." - Quill and Quire

"Kathleen McDonnell has written a well-researched historical novel which offers readers the chance to explore the possibility of understanding and peace between world factions that to this day are still at war. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Eventful, exciting and thought-provoking.” - Burnaby Now

"A fascinating and challenging piece of historical fiction." - Resource Links