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Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad [Paperback]

By Rosemary Sutcliff (Author)
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This exceptional retelling of Homer's classic epic poem recreates the stories of the battle of Troy--where gods and goddesses divide and the Trojan Horse was born--Aphrodite and the golden apple, Odysseus, and the Amazons, for a whole new generation of readers. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Simultaneous.

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"The Story of the Iliad"
Homer's epic poem, The Illiad, is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. In it, the abduction of the legendary beauty, Helen of Troy, leads to a conflict in which even the gods and goddesses take sides and intervene. It is in the Trojan War that the most valiant heroes of the ancient world are pitted against one another. Here Hectore, Ajax, Achilles, and Odysseus meet their most formidable challenges and in some casas their tragic ends.
Rosemary Sutcliff makes such extraordinary stories as those of those Trojan horse, of Aphrodite and the golden apple, and of the fearsome warrior women Amazons, accessible to contemporary young people.
This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades 6-8, Stories) in Appendix B.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Laurel Leaf
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.9" Width: 4.2" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 13, 2005
Publisher   Laurel Leaf
Age  12-13
ISBN  055349483X  
ISBN13  9780553494839  

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Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) wrote dozens of books for young readers, including her award-winning Roman Britain trilogy, The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers, which won the Carnegie Medal. The Eagle of the Ninth is now a major motion picture, The Eagle, directed by Kevin MacDonald and starring Channing Tatum. Born in Surrey, Sutcliff spent her childhood in Malta and on various other naval bases where her father was stationed. At a young age, she contracted Still's Disease, which confined her to a wheelchair for most of her life. Shortly before her death, she was named Commander of the British Empire (CBE) one of Britain's most prestigious honors. She died in West Sussex, England, in 1992.

Rosemary Sutcliff was born in 1920.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Black Ships Before Troy?

Great book for an 18-year old remedial reader  Mar 15, 2007
I have been tutoring an 18-year old remedial reader in basic phonics. We first read D'Aulaire's Greek Myths, as he wanted to read about heroes. We then graduated to Black Ships Before Troy, as he had seen the movie, Troy. This is a great book. It is well-written, full of intriguing details and actions which are brought to life by Sutcliff. She is one of my favorite authors, anyway, so I knew it would be good, but it is GREAT. We can hardly wait to move on to the Odyssey.

I'm sure it would be good for younger, excellent readers, but it is a great hero book for older students and adults, too.
Familiarity breeds comfort in the classics  Jan 4, 2007
Rosemary Sutcliff excels at story telling by making the epic story of the Iliad understandable and thrilling to a seven year old. I have read this book to my son at least three times, beginning when he was seven years old. He is now so familiar with the story and characters of the Iliad as a result of Black Ships Before Troy that to read Homer's Iliad will simply mean meeting these familiar characters again. Sutcliff's writing is so engaging that parents as well will enjoy this book. An absolute bonus is the excellent illustrations by Alan Lee.
Very good retelling--but not the best  Dec 20, 2006
My seven year old and I read this together immediately after finishing the version of the Iliad retold by Ian Strachan and illustrated by Viktor Ambrus. While Sutcliff and Lee's effort is a good one, and I would recommend it highly, Strachan and Ambrus's is superior: the language is tighter and less florid, the artwork more dynamic and compelling. Unfortunately, the Strachan version is out of print and hard to find, but this one is a more than acceptable substitute.

Sutcliff's language is full (to the point of distraction) of similes and other figures of the "wine-dark sea" sort, which like a tongue-tingling seasoning (see what I mean?) is fine in moderation, but she overdoes it. Nevertheless, it's a good introduction to the Iliad. At 113 pages, it's possible to read this at bedtime over a week if you've checked it out from the school library, as my son did.

But do check out my review of the Strachan version.
Black Ships Before Troy  Aug 7, 2006
Most anyone knows that they are supposed to read Homer's Iliad at some point in their life, but many are intimidated by its complexity. For starters, try Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships Before Troy. It is a beautiful and delightful read for all ages. You can easily sort the characters and get a grip on the plot without wading through the epic or the longer narrative. Once you have done this, you may muster the courage to attack the Iliad itself and impress all of your friends, or you can just let them think you are an expert in ancient literature after Black Ships Before Troy.
By a 11 year old boy  Jan 13, 2006
This is about the wars of Troy and about how it started and why. The Gods were having a party in Olympus which was their home. Only one wasn't invited; Eris, the goddess of Discord. She showed up anyway. Eager to get revenge for not invitng her to the party, she threw a golden apple among the guests. It was a beautiful apple. In fact it was so beautiful that the three most important goddesses claimed it. They were Athena, Aphrodite, And Hera. They went down and met Paris, a shepherd, and they asked him to say who should get the apple. They said that if he would give one of them the apple, they would give a gift. He chose Aphrodite. Her gift was for him to have the most beautiful wife in the world. That is how the Trojan War started. This book is a thriller that will carry you from beginning to end. It was my favorite so maybe it will be yours also. If you ever find it, sit down and read it and enjoy your afternoon!

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