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Caravaggio: Signed in Blood

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Fifteen-year-old Beppo, an indentured servant in Rome, is accused of murder. The only person who can help him is one of the most celebrated artists of his day—Caravaggio.

Starred and Recommended by Kirkus Reviews, and a Holiday Pick for Young Readers by the Winnipeg Free Press.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published October 15th 2014 by Tradewind Books
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What an enjoyable read! I think this novel would be particularly appealing to middle grade readers and would be a great fit as part of a Renaissance unit. The author writes beautifully and is successful at evoking an authentic Italian atmosphere. Here's a quote that won't spoil the story:

"The covered dishes contained a sumptuous dinner: plump grapes atop thick slices of Gorgonzola cheese; a soft fresh pane nocciato, sourdough bread with walnuts; think slices of chilled cooked ham, succulent and
Dorine White
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Young Beppo is the indentured servant of a wine barrel salesman in Italy, circa 1606. Treated horribly, he is none the less loyal and does his job. When his corrupt boss is murdered in front of Beppo's eyes, Beppo flees, making him the prime suspect.

Beppo takes shelter with the artist Caravaggio, who himself has killed a man. Together they travel as fugitives about Italy, fleeing the Pope and other nobleman. Beppo becomes Caravaggio's servant/apprentice, learning about painting and art. While ha
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
15 year old Beppo is an indentured slave falsely accused of murder. Unfortunately in Renaissance Italy, justice is not available to him. So he runs off with Caravaggio, the famous artist, also accused of murder to save themselves from the police. Full of danger, swordplay, markets, castles and caves, the historical setting is both accurate and richly detailed. The reader will be left wondering how to tell cruelty from madness and madness from genius. Highly recommended for teens with a love of a ...more
George K. Ilsley
The fastest read I've had in a while. It's probably best if you don't know anything about Caravaggio, or expect a book about Caravaggio (it's really about his young servant, Beppo). The plot is rather fanciful and fairytale-ish. And happily ever after (again, if one overlooks Caravaggio himself).

Read this one on impulse because of the title, and it made me wonder why I bother to read YA books.
D.R. Graham
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
For anyone who has ever imagined what it might have been like to live as a teen on the run during the Italian Renaissance--a time of art, literature, music, sword fights, castles, and child slavery. This is a great teen historical novel that transports the reader to a different world to experience a danger-filled Renaissance adventure.
middle grade, historical fiction. lots of dramatic sword fights and Italian.
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Mark David Smith teaches English for the Burnaby School District, which gives him a needed outlet for correcting people's grammar--a practice he has come to understand is socially inappropriate in other contexts. He lives in Port Coquitlam, BC, with his wife and three children.

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