What Happened in Hamelin

What Happened in Hamelin When the town of Hamelin refuses to pay a mysterious gypsy piper his young apprentice learns of his appalling scheme for the town s children in this chilling version of the Pied Piper story A Christo

  • Title: What Happened in Hamelin
  • Author: Gloria Skurzynski
  • ISBN: 9780679836452
  • Page: 358
  • Format: Paperback
  • When the town of Hamelin refuses to pay a mysterious gypsy piper, his young apprentice learns of his appalling scheme for the town s children in this chilling version of the Pied Piper story A Christopher Award winner and a Booklist Reviewer s Choice Award winner.

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    1. . . . sheep are always ready to follow anyone who pretends to have authority.This was a pretty good retelling of the old Pied Piper tale we've all heard many times. The story is told by Geist, an indentured servant, who spends his waking hours slaving away in a bakery. One day a mysterious stranger arrives in town, and quickly convinces the fearful townsfolk that their rat infestation will lead to a deadly plague. He offers a solution, though his method does not use alluring, pretty music. (The [...]

    2. Wow. Before I read this, I really had no idea that the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin was based on a historical event. It makes an already somewhat frightening children's story into a really frightening history. Skurzynski attempts to recreate the events of the legend, using research and context to build her story. She writes from the perspective of a young boy, Geist, who is the baker's apprentice/indentured servant/slave in the town of Hamelin. When a stranger (Gast) comes into the town wi [...]

    3. This book was an interesting surprise since I'd always assumed the Pied Piper of Hamelin was a fairy tale of sorts. Not so. The historical fact is that on June 26, 1284, 130 children were led away from the little town of Hameln by a piper in bright clothes. The details of this incident are unknown, but Skurzynski links the story to another historical fact: that in medieval times ergot, a purple fungus, sometimes grew on rye grain and anyone who ate bread made from fungus-infected flour suffered [...]

    4. If only all YA books were as good as this. Very interested to see the realisation of a medieval setting without the scaffolding of knights, fair maidens and dragons, in our post-harryP. world. Works a treat - doesn't pull back from the cruel lives of child serfs, the oppression of religious fear, the closeness of death, plagues driven by the wind.The piper's character is well-realised, and could so easily have been a caricature. The power of music, of flattery, of gullibility, all play a part in [...]

    5. A charming retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Young Geist ("ghost" in German), an orphaned apprentice in the German town of Hamelin, is one of the first to meet the exotic stranger, known only as Gast ("guest", in German). He watches with excitement as Gast charms the entire city, and makes the bargain for the extermination of the rats. But when Gast's deed goes unrewarded by the city fathers, Geist is horrified by his hero's revenge. A great read, particularly for younger readers, and well [...]

    6. Disturbing story about the historically possible truth behind the fairy tale of the Pied Piper. Since "the disturbing" really isn't my thing I had to give it three stars, but it was well written and entertaining.

    7. I read this as a kid and it is one of my absolute favourites. I need to track down a copy for the kids in my life.

    8. Someone always has to pay the piper. A plausible explanation of what is purported to be a true story. I believe it.

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