Girl at Arms: The Story of Joan of Arc

Author: Bennett, Jaye

Subjects: European History; Joan of Arc; Gifted Women and Girls

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8

ISBN: 978-0-89824-3932

Order code: 3932

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

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Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 3932S

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"Girl at Arms is a deftly written work of fiction...that is solidly based on historical facts, making it an outstanding and highly recommended selection for middle school and community library children's books collections." – Children's Bookwatch

The story of Joan of Arc is well-known: peasant girl, soldier, miracle worker, heretic burned at the stake and then beatified as a saint. Girl at Arms tells us what it must have been like to be her, growing up in the country, defying family and tradition, even risking her soul by dressing as a boy because she believed she had a calling to save France from the cruelties of English rule.

Joan's story is told alongside that of Erich von Zimmerman, an orphan living on the streets of Frankfurt who dreams of becoming a knight. He steals a horse, rides to France, and eventually joins Joan in the battle to relieve the siege of Orleans. Miracles happen when Joan is around; even nature seems to bow to her will as, at her request, Heaven reverses the wind. Worshipped as "The Maid," Joan leads the French in a number of stunning victories, culminating in the crowning of the French king Charles VII in Rheims, with Joan by his side.

However, Normandy does not fall. Joan is captured, and Erich is banished. Abandoned by her followers and brought before the Inquisition for heresy, the forces of vengeful English generals and scheming clergy work together to put Joan to death.

It is a tale of triumph and horror, of history and conviction, and ultimately of the fickle nature of loyalty. Readers are transported to the realities of war and leadership in fifteenth-century Europe through the experiences of Erich and the extraordinary Joan.

Jaye Bennett is an education aide at Mt. Vernon Elementary School in Springfield, Oregon, teaching reading groups of children in kindergartn through fifth grade. When she could not find many books about young women in history, she set out to do something about it. She said, "My qualifications are dedication and passion. I delve into research and researched Joan of Arc for many months. And the more I learned about her, the more I liked her."

"Girl at Arms is a deftly written work of fiction...that is solidly based on historical facts, making it an outstanding and highly recommended selection for middle school and community library children's books collections." – Children's Bookwatch

The story of Joan of Arc is well-known: peasant girl, soldier, miracle worker, heretic burned at the stake and then beatified as a saint. Girl at Arms tells us what it must have been like to be her, growing up in the country, defying family and tradition, even risking her soul by dressing as a boy because she believed she had a calling to save France from the cruelties of English rule.

Joan's story is told alongside that of Erich von Zimmerman, an orphan living on the streets of Frankfurt who dreams of becoming a knight. He steals a horse, rides to France, and eventually joins Joan in the battle to relieve the siege of Orleans. Miracles happen when Joan is around; even nature seems to bow to her will as, at her request, Heaven reverses the wind. Worshipped as "The Maid," Joan leads the French in a number of stunning victories, culminating in the crowning of the French king Charles VII in Rheims, with Joan by his side.

However, Normandy does not fall. Joan is captured, and Erich is banished. Abandoned by her followers and brought before the Inquisition for heresy, the forces of vengeful English generals and scheming clergy work together to put Joan to death.

It is a tale of triumph and horror, of history and conviction, and ultimately of the fickle nature of loyalty. Readers are transported to the realities of war and leadership in fifteenth-century Europe through the experiences of Erich and the extraordinary Joan.

Jaye Bennett is an education aide at Mt. Vernon Elementary School in Springfield, Oregon, teaching reading groups of children in kindergartn through fifth grade. When she could not find many books about young women in history, she set out to do something about it. She said, "My qualifications are dedication and passion. I delve into research and researched Joan of Arc for many months. And the more I learned about her, the more I liked her."

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