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 all alone trip: to discover their long-lost uncle. yet at the manner, the siblings are abducted and locked in an historical hidden tower. to complete their quest, they should escape—and quick! Can Alice use her braveness to slide away and locate support? and will Roger use his musical skills to steer her again sooner than it’s too late?
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Outdated Zara stood wringing her palms. “I attempted to make her remain in mattress, yet she won’t pay attention. She’s burning with fever. ” “Mother! ” Roger cried, working to her. “Go again and lie down! ” Spots pink as strawberries stained their mother’s cheeks, yet her brow and lips appeared light as wintry weather. “Dear Roger,” she stated, “let me take a seat whereas i will. quickly sufficient I’ll lie ceaselessly, in my grave. ” worry despatched prickles over Roger’s epidermis. Alice appeared fearful too. “Is mom going to die? ” she requested Zara. “There, there, child,” soothed the outdated girl. “When humans get feverish, they are saying silly issues. You mustn’t fear. ” As their mom stared at Roger and Alice, she looked as if it would come to her senses. “I’ve been dreaming,” she acknowledged, “about my brother, Raimond, in Bordeaux. It was once any such genuine dream, I felt i may achieve 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 encourage his forgiveness, and i go away you kids in his care. Who else will take care of you whilst I’m long past? Your father has to be lifeless, or he may have get back to us some time past. ” lifeless! Roger’s worry grew to become to chilly ache. He’d suspected Father may have died in conflict, simply because so much males had lengthy for the reason that again from the campaign. to listen to his mom say it, notwithstanding, minimize via to his middle. possibly he didn’t need to think her. probably previous Zara was once right—that feverish humans stated silly issues. Their mom had began to pluck the lute back. With a surprising movement, she held out the tool to Alice. “Take this in your uncle Raimond,” she advised the woman. “Show him the eagle carved at the again. Ask him to come back fast. fast! ” Her eyes grew wild, after which she fell right into a faint. “Catch her! ” Zara cried. “I don’t wish her to die,” sobbed Alice as they carried their mom to the mattress. Alice had no reminiscence of her father, yet her mom had continuously been there to carry her, to like and luxury her. “All morning she’s been conversing approximately this brother, Raimond,” Zara advised them. “It’s preying on her brain. i feel she won’t get better until eventually you carry him to her. ” “I don’t even be aware of the place Bordeaux is,” Roger protested. “Three days west of here,” Zara responded. She wrung her arms. “So far-off! ” Alice was once kneeling beside the mattress. “Three entire days! ” she exclaimed via her tears. “What do we devour? ” “You won’t be going with me,” Roger acknowledged. “Yes i'll! ” She jumped to her toes. “Mother instructed me to. I’m speculated to take the lute to our uncle. ” Roger can have argued that their mother’s brain wasn’t transparent whilst she spoke these phrases. but despite himself he sought after Alice with him at the trip. All their lives they’d trusted one another for corporation. “All right,” he responded. “But when you come, you want to obey me. As for food…” He pointed to the lute. “That will purchase our suppers. ” “No, I won’t allow you to promote it! ” Alice wrapped her fingers round the pear-shaped lute. “Mother said—” “I comprehend what mom stated. I’m unlikely to promote it. I’m going to play it. mom taught me all her songs.