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Crusade in Jeans

(1973)
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Rudolf Hefting of Amsterdam thought he was engaged in an experiment that would take him back to the Middle Ages to a tournament of knights. But by a miscalculation of the computer, he arrives in the Rhineland at the exact time that the Children's Crusade is passing through. A stranded traveler in time, Rudolf joins the immense children's army -- almost 10,000 strong. With Rudolf, the reader struggles to understand how it was possible that children between the ages of 6 and 15 thought they could travel across Europe, then cross the sea to drive away the Saracens from the Holy Land. They had no weapons, transportation, or money; they experienced hunger, epidemics, and death. The dreadful conditions he encounters compel him to use his 20th-century knowledge to try to create order out of chaos. In spite of himself, he becomes a leader and organizer. And along the way he also experiences loyal friendships, courage, and devotion to God. This wonderfully rich story is a winner of the Golden Pen, the most prestigious Dutch national award for children's books.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2003 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Crusade in Jeans (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Thea Beckman
ISBN: 0-613-67077-9 / 978-0-613-67077-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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February 1976 : USA Hardback
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Title: Crusade in Jeans
Author(s): Thea Beckman
ISBN: 0-684-14399-2 / 978-0-684-14399-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Encore Editions
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Paperback Editions

November 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Crusade in Jeans
Author(s): Thea Beckman
ISBN: 1-935954-07-5 / 978-1-935954-07-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lemniscaat USA
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March 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Crusade in Jeans
Author(s): Thea Beckman
ISBN: 1-886910-26-X / 978-1-886910-26-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Lemniscaat imprint of Boyds Mills Press
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