In the peaceful English countryside of 1859, fifteen-year-old Mark Apperley is bored of life with his overbearing grandmother. His plan to escape brings about dramatic results: he is sent away to the heart of revolutionary Europe. On a journey to Rome, he meets Tessa and Pietro, two young revolutionaries, and soon he sneaks away from his classics lessons to join the Student Corps, and embarks on an expedition with a hero wearing a black-plumed hat - General Garibaldi himself.
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Geoffrey Trease was a prolific writer, with over 100 books to his name, and has been translated into 20 languages. He is best known for his children's historical fiction. His most popular and successful book, Cue For Treason, portrayed a company of strolling players in Shakespeare's time and a plot to kill Queen Elizabeth I.More about Geoffrey Trease