Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

The Badger Knight, by Kathryn Erskine

Badger KnightSummary:  In England in 1346 Adrian has three problems: he is small for his twelve years, he is an albino, so people are suspicious of him, and his father wants him to be a scribe, while he wants to be an archer–but when he runs away to join his friend in the fight against the invading Scots, he learns that war can be a lot more complicated then he imagined.



5 thoughts on “The Badger Knight, by Kathryn Erskine

  1. Badger Night is a very fascinating story that takes place in the Medieval times, about a boy, very different in appearance from others but driven with a purpose similar to other boys his age: To be thought of as a man. Throughout the book, Adrian strives to join war, or at least rescue his friend from it so he will be finally appreciated and not thought of as the young, weak boy people where he lives know him as. However along the way to the battlefield and when he reaches his destination, Adrian realizes that things aren’t what they seem, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. I found this theme to be very well carried out. Because of Adrian’s quickness for judging others, I found him slightly hard to connect to, however the author used this to drive the theme in harder, in that the lesson even applied to the main character’s flaws making it seem truer and more realistic. The setting though, I think was the best part. I loved the way the author wrote so it felt like I was traveling through actual places or was living in the very same time period and hearing the same talk, eating the same food and seeing the same people. The book was filled with different settings in his country so you got almost an entire picture instead of just seeing a little area. Badger Night is a very informative book on the Medieval times and in general, a thrilling tale of adventure. It has a strong theme and unique characters. I would definitely recommend this book to both elementary and middleschoolers looking to learn more on the time period or people simply in quest of an exciting read full of battles and captures.

    1. Adrian really was one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever seen in a book. He was too quick to judge people by the way they look. He probably does this because he is albino and short for his age so people call him a devil child. The story plot was really good but it had a lot of sad parts, like when his friend’s dad died. Though overall it was a great book with an interesting plot, and fantastic setting.

  2. This book was pretty much about how a boy named Adrian thought that he was a master archer and wanted to fight against the Scottish. The plot was really good and overall this was a very good book.

  3. In this book, Adrian wants to be thought of as a man, as do most of the other boys in his village, but it’s especially hard for him because, although he’s twelve, he’s so short that he looks as though he’s about nine and is subsequently treated as a nine-year-old. He’s also albino, so the superstitious people in his village, and in England and Scotland in general, believe that he’s cursed or bad luck, which is obviously not true. When Adrian’s friend Hugh goes off to war against the Scots, Adrian decides to follow him, because he believes, like most people did at that time, that war is a grand adventure. And, of course, nobody on his side of the war (England) will be killed. As he finds out, both of those assumptions are wrong and he’s quite horrified at what he sees.
    I think the setting was one of the best parts of this book. I actually felt as though I was in Medieval England, right alongside Adrian, seeing and feeling everything he was seeing and feeling. Writing style goes hand-and-hand with setting and I thought that was great, as well. Adrian’s narration was serious and dramatic when it needed to be and funny at other times.
    The characters were another good part of this book. Besides Adrian, the other two “main characters” would probably be Hugh and Bess, and after the beginning of the book they actually don’t appear very much until the end. However, I still got a feel for them as characters because Adrian thought of them often. I thought it was interesting because instead of having a couple constant companions throughout the entire book, Adrian had different friends as he traveled through England. For example, Nigel at the monastery was only in the book for one or two chapters, yet I still felt attached to him. And the gang called the Kings that Adrian joins for a short while in Carlisle – I felt an attachment to them as well, although they weren’t really featured anymore after Adrian left Carlisle.
    I have to disagree with Benjamin W.; Adrian is most definitely not the most annoying book character I’ve read about. There are much worse characters out there than Adrian. Also, I kind of understood where he was coming from sometimes (although it was obviously wrong of him to judge so harshly). He was judged so much by his looks that it was only natural for him to do the same to others. Once he got to know Bess, whom he disliked simply because she looked like her mother, Adrian’s mean aunt, he admitted that he’d been wrong to think Bess was just like her mother just because she resembled her. And after Bess, he really didn’t do that anymore, so I feel like he learned his lesson.
    Overall, I think this book was a very good read and it might be a contender for the Mock Newbery.

  4. Amazing book! This was overall an amazing book! Although I was a bit hesitant at first because of Adrian’s Quick judgment of people, I learned to respect that and I think that he is that way because other people judge him too quickly, with him being albino (they think he is a devil or something!). But I think that he was overall a well-developed character. I would have liked Ms. Erskine to have spent a little more time on Sir Geoffrey before killing him off on the battlefield. It seemed like Adrian had just found a new hope and friend when POP! His new hope/friend gets killed! But I think that overall this was a great book!

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