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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

by Laura Amy Schlitz Illustrated by Robert Byrd

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.

2008 Newbery Medal Winner 

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
7.6
DRA
70
Guided Reading
Z
Publisher
CAN - CANDLEWICK PRESS
Genre
Drama, Historical Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Laura Amy Schlitz
Robert Byrd

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