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Though France is torn by the Hundred Years' War, Joan leads an idyllic life with her parents and brothers in peaceful Domremy--delighting in her friends, taking care of her animals and going to church. As she grows, her faith and knowledge of God's ways increase, until one day she receives a wondrous visit: Saint Michael makes himself known to her and gives her a glorious yet terrible mission. She must crown the French Dauphin and mobilize her country to drive out the English--even though, as Saint Margaret and St. Catherine later tell her, "You will be captured." Dana's fictional treatment of the life of Joan before she became legendary gently balances the girl's exceptional devoutness with her human, childlike qualities. This peaceful and comforting telling of an extraordinary story succeeds in giving clear, knowing insight into the seldom treated subject of intense religiosity. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Grade 7-12-- A historical novel about the early life of Joan of Arc, from ages 13-17. The effort is commendable, considering the meager information available and the difficulty of conveying spiritual experiences. Unfortunately, the book suffers from major problems. It is far too long, interspersing Joan's visions with routine activities and in the process becoming slow, repetitious, and downright boring. Also, it lacks a serious conflict; readers know the outcome, and will impatiently skip the philosophizing. Another drawback is the use of unusual sentence constructions (e.g., "I see you not"). These are annoying after a few chapters, and make the writing sound forced. In addition, the work sorely needs a map, bibliography, and author's note detailing what is invented (and why) and what is factual. The jacket painting shows a child of ten--younger than the teenagers about and for whom the book is written. And, in contrast with reputable histories, this Joan is overly sentimental, lacking in confidence and common sense. Stick to Brooks's excellent YA biography, Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc (Lippincott, 1990). --Ann W. Moore, formerly at Lane Road Library, Columbus, OH
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1st edition (February 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006440661X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064406611
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,421,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
As a then nearly 50-year old (and non-Christian) male, I would not have normally found or picked up a "young adult" book about a young Joan of Arc, but the book was given to me and as a courtesy, and I had read my daughter's copy of another Barbara Dana book, "Crazy Eights," so knew of her writing skills. Thus, I started turning the pages. I'm glad I did, and spiritually richer for it. I consider it a universal book for all ages, female or male -- for anyone who could use some inspiration. Of course the Joan of Arc story has uplifting elements, but Barbara Dana's gifts on this work take the story to a new level. As an author myself, someone once asked me what I thought comprised "spiritual" literature -- to me, the content doesn't have to be about angels or miracles, but rather, whatever is uplifting or inspiring, whatever reminds us and calls us to the best wishin us. "Young Joan" does that, and Barbara Dana has done us all a service. I highly recommend it.
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By A Customer on June 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book when I was in 4th grade, then again when I was in 7th grade, and I loved it both times. This book turns Joan of Arc from a legendary character to a real person, and a realistic teenager. Some scenes, such as her meeting the saints, forshadow the great hero she is destined to become, while in other scenes, she is a very normal teenager even with a love intrest. One scene that really shows that is the part where all the children are going for a cart ride and Joan and her friend try to get their love interests to sit next to them. When I read that, I was thinking-"Wow! Why does that sound so much like what my friends do practically everyday at school" Other scenes, such as when the phrophcy is answered, just gave me chills. I give this book a 5 out of 5!!!
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By A Customer on September 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read this book a couple months ago but, here's what i remember. Even though this book is about Joan of Arc, it's a great book for anyone. My friend told me to read this book a while ago because she loved it so much, and she's jewish, and right now, not that much into religion. So truly this book is for anyone who wishes to read something out of the ordinary. Not just a plain fictional book, but one that allows you to think and experience what the life of someone living in the early 1400's
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Format: Paperback
This novel is about Joan of Arc, and what her life might have been like before and during her heroic battle. It is written from her point of view, and is very realistic, and at the same time not so. It really changed the way I think of things, and I think you would like it, if you are interested by now. This book tells about who might have been her friends, how her farm may have been, and everything else about what her life may have been like. In fact, there were only two things that were different about her were 1) Her love for God and 2)Her saints. So, I think this book is one for someone who likes to think about what they read.
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book about 6 years ago, when I was in 7th grade. I still have fond feelings for it. This book is responsible for sparking my interest - one might say obsession - with Joan of Arc. It's a great book. It takes the skeleton of basic historical facts and adds the flesh of a story. This book brings Joan to life and helps the reader to see her as more than a flat, one-dimensional character in history. It's anything but boring. If anything, I thought it ended too soon.
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Format: Paperback
Yes, this is a YA book. If you enjoyed Mark Twain's Joan of Arc "autobiography," don't miss this one, the next best book and better of the two books for adults. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Dover Thrift Editions)Both books have a channeled quality; that is, not that Joan heself speaks but that spiritual assistance from teh other side was present to guide the authors to accurate representations.

As an adult I tired of the homely details about trees, cats, geese, sheep, and playmates. However by the end I had taken in Joan's Christ-like appreciation and attitude towards the mundane details of my own life. In this sense the book works as an "attitude adjustment" if earthly life is getting you down.

The transition out of "early Joan" to the better-known part of her active life is handled artistically. Again, read mark Twain's book if you wish the full story.
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