Some of the books we’ll be highlighting on Fridays aren’t new, but they’re books that somehow seem to get overlooked even though they’ve been on library shelves for a while. If you like what you see, you can find the featured book at your local branch, or put a hold on it if it’s not right there.
This week’s Buried Treasure was submitted by Leah from the Hillsburgh Branch. Thanks Leah!
I have just finished the book “An Earthly Knight” by Janet McNaughton. This is the story of Lady Jeanette Avenel (Jenny), the 16-yr-old second daughter of a minor Norman nobleman in Teviotdale, Scotland. When her older sister, Isabel, disgraces the family, Jenny assumes the role of eldest daughter. In her new role, she comes to the attention of William de Warenne, brother and heir to the King of Scotland. While Jenny is tossed into this new world of banquets, tournaments and the life of royalty, she is also drawn to the mysterious young man, Tam Lin who has taken up residence in the ruins on her father’s property. It is rumoured that Tam Lin was captured by fairies and this is the reason for his mystical aura.
This story is based on two ballads, that were popular in Europe and Scotland, “Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight” and “Tam Lin”. For those who like authors Robin McKinley and Donna Jo Napoli, and adventure, love stories based on folk and fairy tales, this is a great choice.