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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz
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Jan 31, 08

bookshelves: read-pre-12-07, work-related, from-library, poetry, fiction, children-or-ya
Read in October, 2007

This is a really cool book, written by a librarian who wanted to give her students a chance to each act out the part of a typical denizen of a good-sized medieval village in the year 1255. It consists of 22 monologues, each from the point of view of one member of the town, which serves to both give the reader an emotional sense of what it may have been like to live at the time, and also imparts a lot of factual information. Footnotes and sections titled "A Little Background" offer more in-depth information about the life and times. It's not something many kids would pick up on their own, I don't think, but it has the potential to be a truly invaluable teaching tool.
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