Step back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.
Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — 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; sharp-tongued Nelly, who supports her family by selling live eels; and the peasant’s daughter, Mogg, who gets a clever lesson in how to save a cow from a greedy landlord. There’s also mud-slinging Barbary (and her noble victim); Jack, the compassionate half-wit; Alice, the singing shepherdess; and many more. With a deep appreciation for the period and a grand affection for both characters and audience, Laura Amy Schlitz creates twenty-two riveting portraits and linguistic gems equally suited to silent reading or performance. Illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings by Robert Byrd — inspired by the Munich-Nuremberg manuscript, an illuminated poem from thirteenth-century Germany — this witty, historically accurate, and utterly human collection forms an exquisite bridge to the people and places of medieval England.
Set in 1255 on an English manor, this spirited exploration of a medieval town and its inhabitants provides much insight into the times through several monologues, a handful of dialogues, and helpful footnotes. Both rich and poor children share their lives--from an eel-catcher nearly drowned by her father at birth to the surprisingly romantic blacksmith's daughter--with enticing language and a wide variety of feeling. Accompanied by rich illustrations, this is the 2008 Newbery Medal recipient.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Historical / Medieval, Fairy Tales + Folklore / Anthologies
- 9-12 years
- July 10, 2007
- July 10, 2007
- Laura Amy Schlitz
- Robert Byrd