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TITLE: THE GOLD CROSS OF KILLADOO.
AUTHOR: JOHN QUINN.
PUBLISHER: POOLBEG PRESS LTD, SWORDS, CO. DUBLIN, IRELAND.
ISBN 1 85371 220 5
FIRST PUBLISHED 1992:
We read "The Gold Cross of Killadoo" in school. It is a book set in Viking times.This is what the book was about.
One day Derval and Eoin were visiting a monastery,where one of the monks was showing them a gold cross which had recently been completed. Suddenly there were shouts and cries from a Viking raid. Brother Killian gave Derval and Eoin the cross to protect from the Vikings.The shouts and cries drew nearer and nearer and the two children ran into the bee glen and hid in some bushes behind some bee hives. Leif,one of the Vikings, found the children, took them captive and brought them to Dublin (Dyfflin) having discovered the beautiful gold cross.
In Dublin they were separated and Eoin was sold as a slave to a sailor and Derval was sold to Helga, Leif's bride to be. Later Leif came to Helga's house looking for Derval.The gold cross was gone and he was convinced Derval had it. She threw something into the cesspit. He tried to get it. When he was bent over looking for it she pushed him and he went into the cesspit. Meanwhile on the boat Eoin jumped overboard. A Viking boy called Olaf fished Eoin out of the water and brought him back to his house and introduced him to his family.
Eoin met up with Derval, who had also escaped from Leif while he was in the cess pit.They hatched a plan to retrieve the gold cross from where she had hidden it in the thatch in Leif's house. She had in fact only thrown a piece of rye bread into the cess pit. The plan was to disguise themselves as Norse children and go to the house with Olaf's brother and sister. Sorcha, Olaf's sister, took Derval and they went to Leif's house where the wedding feast of Helga and Leif was taking place.Sven and Eoin cut through the thatch of Leif's roof to get the cross but they fell in. In the confusion Eoin grabbed the cross and escaped with all the children except Olaf. Olaf returned to his home with a roasted pig from the now abandoned wedding feast. All the children and Brid,their mother had a great feast.
Leif was so fed up with Derval's pranks that he left Ireland and Helga followed him. Eoin and Derval went back to Killadoo.They returned the cross to the monks.They met their mother and father and lived happily ever after We enjoyed the book because there was an adventure and we also learned about the life and times of Vikings.
This book was written by John Quinn who comes from County Meath in Ireland.
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