A long time ago, I wrote the first part of a story, and waited to find out
how it middled, then worked with Jamie Delano and Alisa Kwitney on the end. For
years people have asked how and when they could read all the story of The
Children's Crusade. I'm glad to say that it's now been retooled and refinished,
and is something both old and new - a forgotten jewel and a new delight."-Neil
For the first time ever, the two-issue miniseries THE CHILDREN'S
CRUSADE, written by Neil Gaiman, Alisa Kwitney and Jamie Delano, is collected -
and with them, a new chapter written by Toby Litt that completes the tale as
Gaiman originally envisioned it.
When several children go missing in a
small English town, the Dead Boy Detectives are on the case. A series of strange
and unexpected twists takes them to Free Country, a place that dates back a
millennium, where children never grow old and are free from the abuse and
tyranny of adults. But Free Country is failing, and what it needs is the
strength of five innately powerful children - including the young sorcerer
Timothy Hunter - to restore their uncanny world to what it once was.
hardcover collects THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #1 and THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE #2,
written by Gaiman with cowriters Alisa Kwitney and Jamie Delano. A brand-new
middle chapter written by DEAD BOY DETECTIVES novelist Toby Litt and drawn by
artist Peter Gross (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, THE UNWRITTEN) completes this compelling
tale of ancient history, stolen dreams and lost children. It also features a new
introduction by Gaiman, plus new cover art by artist Mark Buckingham (FABLES,
DEAD BOY DETECTIVES).
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) and the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.