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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: The De Granville Trilogy
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802796273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802796271
  • ASIN: B0058M6Y4Q
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,915,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9–Green Jasper begins where Blood Red Horse (Walker, 2005) ended. With King Richard imprisoned and supposed dead, there is turmoil in England in the 12th century. Will and Gavin de Granville have returned from the crusade older, wiser, and scarred from battle, Gavin having lost an arm. His betrothed, Ellie, has waited patiently for their return and now is preparing for her marriage. The ceremony is disrupted by Constable de Scabious and his men, who have spread rumors that King Richard is dead and that his brother John has taken the throne. When Ellie is kidnapped and taken to de Scabious's castle, Will feels that his duty is to rescue her while Gavin, who has been injured again, believes that they must be more cautious. Ellie, while waiting and hoping for rescue, holds on to her green jasper necklace, a wedding gift from Gavin that represents faith. Throughout this second adventure of the de Granvilles, loyalties are divided, conflicts arise, and villagers are unsure whom they can trust. Hosanna, the blood red horse, plays an important role in tying the characters together and aiding the knights in their quest to protect the king and rescue the woman they love. Although this action-packed novel can be read alone, it is much more enjoyable if read in sequence.–Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD
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From Booklist

Gr. 6-9. Grant's fast-paced, equally cinematic sequel to Blood Red Horse (2005) returns readers from twelfth-century Jerusalem to England, where rumors fly that Richard the Lionheart has died. Claiming the support of Lionheart's successor, Constable de Scabious kidnaps and plans to marry Ellie. Divided about how to handle the politically delicate situation, de Granville brothers Will and Gavin become estranged, and the situation goes from bad to worse when celebrated warhorse Hosanna falls into de Scabious' clutches. Grant gently extends the first book's cross-cultural themes by bringing back Kamil, Saladin's emir, who has been sent to England on a peacekeeping mission. Occasional anachronistic dialogue is jarring, and de Scabious is as much a caricature of a verminous villain as Hosanna is a mystical symbol ("he had some quality that made you feel that the world was a good place"). But Grant balances simplistic elements with unsentimental explorations of medieval conflicts between romantic love, brotherly loyalty, and political fealty while fully capitalizing on the quintessential appeal of tales heavy on sword fights and hoofbeats. Jennifer Mattson
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on June 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I picked up The Blood Red Horse a year ago, I did not know what to expect. I found myself dropped into the world of The Crusades and cheering for three young people caught up in those turbulent times.

Green Jasper continues the story of Will and Gavin De Granville and the heiress, Ellie. Home from the Crusades, Gavin is uneasily settling in as the new lord of the manor. The loss of his arm is difficult to handle. His younger brother, Will, has been gifted a title and lands by King Richard. Although closer to Will from childhood, Ellie has agreed to marry Gavin as they have been betrothed since she was very young. In the middle of the marriage ceremony, she is kidnapped by the vile Constable deScabious. DeScabious is Prince John's man and John is making his move for the throne of England as King Richard has not returned from the Holy Land.

Meanwhile, in Palestine, the dying sultan, Saladin, orders young Kamil to take a message to King Richard. Against his will, he must travel to Europe to find Richard who is a captive in Austria. Richard charges Kamil with a new mission, to take the news that he is still living to the DeGranville brothers as their loyalty to the king is certain.

Loyalty and the bonds of brotherhood between kin and between cultures set the stage for the action that follows. The throne of England and their lives are at risk. As a stranger in Europe, where will Kamil's loyalties lie? Hosanna, the amazing horse trained by Will and briefly owned by Kamil will have a role to play.

Grant richly evokes the times but the history never overwhelms the story. I have truly enjoyed reading these books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
3.5 or maybe even 4 stars overall, but compared to Grant's previous novel? Closer to 3.

I found "Blood Red Horse" amazing because of Hosanna, the almost mythical horse who travels the world, befriends all who gaze upon him, and yet remains a true horse. When the "bad guy" mounts up and we think Hosanna, Will's loyal steed, must refuse to budge, only to be reminded that he is, after all, a horse: he gallops off under the pressure of the man's inch long spurs, away from Will.

"Green Jasper" is, in my mind, a poor continuation of Hosanna's tale. The story focuses more on the human characters introduced in the first book (and some new ones), with Hosanna only the glue to hold the bits together. He has also evolved into a "super horse," knowing what is right or wrong and how to act for the best. I am a firm horse enthusiast, but seeing Hosanna regress into a mere fictitious miracle-pony left me saddened and unfulfilled. I had waited months for this sequel, only to have it disappoint.

The second in the de Granville trilogy is still a decent book, it just cannot compete with the magic introduced in its predecessor. Granted, that is from the perspective of one who was reading it for the horse. If you loved Will, Gavin, and the others as much or more than the blood red horse, "Green Jasper" may be gold. I still plan on reading the third when it comes out, though somewhat reluctantly.

I would advise borrowing this one from a library before spending money for a hardback copy, or at least going with the cheaper paperback version.
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Having read Blood Red Horse prior to recommending it to my grandson, and finding it one of the best young person's novels to come along in recent years, I was eager to read the rest of the trilogy. Green Jasper is still better than most of the books aimed at young readers, but doesn't measure up to Blood Red Horse. It's action-packed, all right, but lacks the depth of the first book in the trilogy. I appreciate the nuance of Grant's treatment of what England endured as Henry II's sons fought over the crown and neglected or exploited the people. But Will, Gavin and Kamil seem mere sketches of the full-bodied characters we met in the first book. Two elements of the story are not believable: that Prince John has contact with the Old Man of the Mountain and his assassins somewhere in the wilds of the Middle East, and that Hosanna survives so many near-death experiences; he is a horse, after all, not a cat with nine lives.

I will certainly finish the trilogy, hoping the third book matches the first in quality, and I will pass Green Jasper on to my grandson, who has been anxiously waiting for it since he finished Blood Red Horse two days ago. But I'll bet his reaction will be similar to mine -- he may be ten years old, but he's a savvy reader.
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A Kid's Review on August 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Just like its predecesor, this book blew me away. I felt scathing anger and extreme loathing toward the once trusted Piers de Scabious. That vile creaton was no better than the black horse; a coward he shamed himself to be. In my opinion, he should have been hanged after Prince John arrived. I admire Gavin's thorough thought and William's bravery; however it seemed senseless for Will to go off in such a hurry and for Gavin to lag so far behind. Ellie did truly love Gavin, but to say it in the way she did was witless. If she ever hoped for a future with Will, why on Earth should she tell Will in such immense detail?!?

This book created true emotions within me; more real than any other book has.

The only sorrow in me that Green Jasper evoked was merely that this is a trilogy, and I only have one more book to enjoy before I reread the trilogy until I can recite every line by memory.
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Katie Grant, a writer for the Scotsman newspaper, is one of Scotland's best known political journalists. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons.

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