The Minstrel in the Tower (Stepping Stone)

By Gloria Skurzynski

An adventurous rescue set for the time of medieval knights, castles, bandits, and music.
 
Before their father returns to France from the Crusades, bold Alice and musical Roger trigger on their lonesome trip: to discover their long-lost uncle. yet at the manner, the siblings are abducted and locked in an historic hidden tower. to complete their quest, they should escape—and speedy! Can Alice use her braveness to slide away and locate aid? and will Roger use his musical abilities to lead her again prior to it’s too late?
 
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I’m not likely to promote it. I’m going to play it. mom taught me all her songs. I’ll sing for our suppers, like a jogging minstrel. ” “I want i may cross on your stead,” lamented Zara. “But I’m some distance too outdated to make one of these trip. ” Her face puckered as she lifted the sting of her brown wimple to dab her eyes. “Don’t fear approximately your mother—I’ll have a tendency her conscientiously whereas you’re long gone. It’s you little ones I fear approximately! may perhaps heaven guard the 2 of you! ” The solar hung midway among straight-up midday and sundown.

As their mom stared at Roger and Alice, she appeared to come to her senses. “I’ve been dreaming,” she acknowledged, “about my brother, Raimond, in Bordeaux. It was once one of these actual dream, I felt i'll succeed in out and contact him. ” “What brother? ” Roger requested. “You don’t have a brother. ” “The fact is, I do have one, and also you needs to locate him, Roger. inform Raimond i urge his forgiveness, and i depart you young children in his care. Who else will take care of you while I’m long gone? Your father needs to be useless, or he might have come again to us in the past.

A person forgot to select the apricots in these best branches. ” In a flash she’d tucked the hem of her skirt into her belt and used to be mountaineering the tree. “Be cautious! ” Aurore cried. “You may well fall! ” “You don’t need to fear approximately Alice,” Roger instructed her. “She’s continuously hiking whatever or different at home—trees or partitions or perhaps the roof while it wishes new thatch. Our mom calls her los angeles Guenuche—the monkey in skirts. ” Roger might relatively have starved than climb the apricot tree. Heights worried him, yet Alice balanced simply within the best branches.

A baker had given her a bun for wearing a basket of eggs from the industry to his store. A housewife had poured her a cup of clean milk, for no cause except kindness. yet a lot of the time she’d been famished and footsore and shivery from fear. And now—“Catch the little luggage! ” the steward shrieked because the servants chased Alice round and round the courtyard. in a single wall stood a wood door adorned with iron bands. Alice threw herself opposed to it and the door burst open right into a nice corridor hung with appealing tapestries and banners.

What did I inform you,” Roger stated as they heard outdated Zara shouting for them. “Children! the place are you? Roger, is Alice with you? Alice, resolution me! ” “Don’t permit her comprehend I’m up here,” Alice begged. Roger was once not just solid at chook calls; he may imitate people’s voices completely. In a voice that sounded precisely like Alice’s, he known as, “I’m the following with Roger, Zara. on the enormous tree. ” “Both of you come back within without delay! ” previous Zara cried sharply. “Something needs to be flawed! ” Roger acknowledged. “Hurry, Alice! ” She scrambled down the tree so speedy that he couldn’t stand to monitor.

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