Monday, April 9, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
Voices From A Medieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz

Flap Copy description:
Varlets, Vermin, Simpletons, Saints - in these pages, readers will meet them all. There's Hugo, the lord's nephew, forced to prove his manhood by hunting a wild boar, a beast whose tusks can "slice a man, groin to gorge." There's sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by catching and selling live eels, and the peasant's daughter, Mogg, whose downtrodden mother teaches her how to save the family cow from a greedy landlord. There's also mud-slinging Barbary and her noble victim, Isobel; Giles, the talented beggar; Alice, the singing shepherdess; and more.

My thoughts:
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From A Medieval Village is a creative series of vignettes about life in the Middle Ages. Ms. Schlitz's unique book was beautifully illustrated by Robert Byrd; it was initially written as a play - it wound up being the 2008 Newbery Medal Award Winner! The appreciation the author has for the Middle Ages - coupled with her vast amount of research, made this book not only entertaining, but educational as well. I would highly recommend this book to readers from the ages of 8 - 12, and to middle school teachers as material for a whimsical play set in medieval England.
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  1. This one sounds like it has such a cast of colorful characters, bringing lots of layers to the story. I like the teacher recommendation, it seems like a fun story to bring into the classroom.

  2. Just added this one to my summer reading list. Thanks for the review. :)

  3. The Middle Ages is one of my favorite time periods. I think I'll have a look at this title :-)

  4. Victoria, I tagged you for a fun quiz. It'll be on my blog Tuesday, April 10th. Hop on over to check it out. No pressure, though :-)

    1. Sounds great, Brandi. Thanks for your comment - it's great to have you back in Blogosphere! See you tomorrow.

  5. Ooooh. Sounds good. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thanks for the recomendation! It sounds very interesting.