GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES! by Laura Amy Schlitz
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GOOD MASTERS! SWEET LADIES!

Voices from a Medieval Village
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Age Range: 10 - 15

KIRKUS REVIEW

Schlitz takes the breath away with unabashed excellence in every direction. This wonderfully designed and produced volume contains 17 monologues for readers ten to 15, each in the voice of a character from an English town in 1255. Some are in verse; some in prose; all are interconnected. The language is rich, sinewy, romantic and plainspoken. Readers will immediately cotton to Taggot, the blacksmith’s daughter, who is big and strong and plain, and is undone by the sprig of hawthorn a lord’s nephew leaves on her anvil. Isobel the lord’s daughter doesn’t understand why the peasants throw mud at her silks, but readers will: Barbary, exhausted from caring for the baby twins with her stepmother who is pregnant again, flings the muck in frustration. Two sisters speak in tandem, as do a Jew and a Christian, who marvel in parallel at their joy in skipping stones on water. Double-page spreads called “A little background” offer lively information about falconry, The Crusades, pilgrimages and the like. Byrd’s watercolor-and-ink pictures add lovely texture and evoke medieval illustration without aping it. Brilliant in every way. (foreword, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-15)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7636-1578-9
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2007




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