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Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad | Rosemary Sutcliff - Alder & Alouette

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad | Ages 10-14 yrs.

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The first book ever to win the Kate Greenaway Medal is available again. Frances Lincoln is proud to reintroduce the Greenaway award-winning Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad by Rosemary Sutcliff and Alan Lee.

Here is Homer's epic poem The Iliad, brought to life for children by Rosemary Sutcliff as a beautifully illustrated, kid-friendly novel with all the skill of a master storyteller. Alan Lee's dramatic cover image hauntingly recreates the age of heroes in this introduction to the Greek classics--a book that should become part of every childhood.


  • Kate Greenaway Award Winner


  • Black Ships Before Troy
  • Written by Rosemary Sutcliff and illustrated by Alan Lee.
  • Published by Francis Lincoln Ltd, June 1, 2007.
  • Ages 9 -13 years
  • Waldorf class 5, class 6 (Ages 11 -12)
  • 0.7" H x 11.0" L x 8.9" W (1.81 lbs) 128 pages
  • Hardcover


Rosemary Sutcliff, who passed away in 1992, was the author of many highly acclaimed historical novels for both children and adults.

Alan Lee, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, illustrated the centenary editions of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and, more recently, The Children of Hurin. He lives in South Devon, U.K.


'A magnificent achievement...if ever a book was unputdownable, whether by an adult or child, it is this bears the unmistakeable mark of a masterpiece of children's literature.'-- The Times Educational Supplement

' A welcome reissue of the acclaimed retelling by Rosemary Sutcliff, one of the most distinguished children's authors of the twentieth century. It is the perfect introduction to the classical world of the Iliad. The fabulous illustrations by Alan Lee won him the Kate Greenaway Medal, and bring this title to life.'-- The Guardian Best Books Guide 2017