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Aug 09 2010

The three musketeers retold by Pauline Francis

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Evans Brothers Ltd, 2010. ISBN 978 0 237 53911 5.
Recommended for Upper Primary and early Secondary students. An old favourite, well written for young audiences. The original, written by Alexander Dumas, was published in 1844. It was 1625 and d'Artagnan an eighteen year old had come to Paris to make his fortune. He had a letter of introduction to Monsieur de Treville, the Captain of the Musketeers - the men who guarded King Louis of France. D 'Artagnan wanted more than anything else to be a musketeer. The introduction is very useful as a quick historical background to the story. It's a fast moving story which still excites readers today.D'Artagnon meets three musketeers called Athos, Porthos and Aramis and together they frustrate a plan against King Louis and his Queen. Written with humour and wit, the story evokes the eternal pull of history and intrique.
Sue Nosworthy

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