The Hidden Treasure of Glaston
The Hidden Treasure of Glaston is a historical children's novel by Eleanore M. Jewett. Set in 1171 England, the story involves Hugh and Dickon the Oblate searching for the Holy Grail. The book was first published in 1946 and won a Newbery Honor award in 1947
Dust jacket of the hard-cover edition showing the Newbery Medallion
|Author||Eleanore M. Jewett|
|Genre||Fantasy, Young-adult Fiction , Inspirational fiction|
|Publisher||Bethlehem Books, Scholastic Corporation|
|May 1st 2000|
"The Hidden Treasure of Glaston" is an exciting mystery thriller about a boy’s journey in becoming a man and his struggle to obtain the Holy Grail that Jesus used at the Last Supper. The Hidden Treasure of Glaston takes place in Britain in 1171, and the story is seen through the eyes of the main character Hugh, whose father abandoned him at a monastery when he was 12 years old. He seeks occupation at a local monastery to help the monks write their scriptures, where it’s their responsibility as the printing press was not yet invented. Hugh, the main character did not show much promise upon his arrival at the monastery at first, but makes immense changes as he transforms into a preserving and religious young man. It’s nearing the end of his journey that he shows the qualities and personal growth that make him seem more refined in all aspects of his personality. He shows little regard towards his well-being as he begins to travel knowing the dangers he would face. The journey unravels with him escaping from a mob that chased after him, finding his way through deserts and caves and making it to Glaston before he gets caught. Despite all the difficulties he faces throughout the story, he shows perseverance. He becomes a new person through his adventures, having developed more strength, faith and courage.
- Hugh--age 12. the protagonist of the story, he was abandoned by his father he sought refuge in a local monastery.
- Dickon--Hugh's loyal friend in all his endeavors.
- Bleheris-- another one of Hugh's loyal friends, he is a bit on the strange side but still a dependable ally.
- Joseph of Arimithea--a resident of Glastonbury, has lived out the rest of his days shrouded in mystery.
Many critics regard the piece of literature as masterful story told through the eyes of an adolescent, and it's obvious to see why, because it inspires the spirit of adventure. This story features many real life artifacts, especially with Christianity. The events in this story seem to be what's giving such critical acclaim. Nevertheless, this is a story for ages, and many critics really love this book and the wholesome morals it holds.
Newbery Medal Honor Book 1947
- 1947 Honor Award
- Children's Literature