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Fire, Bed, and Bone

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  248 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Henrietta Branford's gripping novel depicts the tumult and tragedy of the Peasants' Revolt in England through the eyes, ears, and nose of a dog.

"I am not, nor ever will be, truly wild. Because I have known fire, bed, and bone. Because I am a hunting dog, a dog who must work with a man."..So says the old hunting dog who narrates this unforgettable tale. Living with poor but
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 1st 1998 by Candlewick (first published November 3rd 1997)
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``Laurie Henderson
Thanks Soairse for recommending this book.

Summary: in 1381 England a hunting dog recounts what happens to her beloved master Rufus and his family when they are arrested on suspicion of being part of the peasants rebellion lead by Wat Tyler and the preacher John Ball.

Although slanted for the young adult audience any animal loving, adult fan of historical fiction should find this book enjoyable to read as it was an excellent refresher course on these particular historical events as well.

The autho
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
A good book, just not one that really captured my attention. I did read this years and years ago and I think I enjoyed it, but I honestly can't remember.

It was short, so I don’t really have much commentary on it other than why did everyone say each others names so much when speaking? You don’t do that in a normal conversation.

“How are you doing Mary?”

“Why I’m good Harriet! And you?”

“I too am quite good, Mary.”

“Well that’s lovely, Harriet.”

“Mary, I have to say this conversation is quite stimulat
Can I give this six stars? It's one of the best middle-grade novels I've read, and an excellent way for kids to learn about medieval times. Not just anyone can pull of an animal as a narrator without sounding silly, but Branford does. And it's a sad book--show me an animal book that doesn't make you cry!--but not unbearably so. Just an excellent, excellent read.

*Second time through, reading aloud to my students...they loved it as much as I did. One sixth grade boy said, "I just wish this book wo
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a dog side of the story being held captive by people while his owners are prisoners.
And a rebellion is cooking up faster than a soufflé.
Don’t forget the rumor of a disease.
Will it turn out happily after like every fairy tale about a medieval world?
Or will it be a sad disgusting end of a medieval massacre?
What I like about this book is how it is from a dogs point of view.
What I learned from this book is the thing that keeps you going is family and love.
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Fire Bed & Bone while camping in Big Basin. The author did a lovely job of writing from the perspective of a hunting dog in the 14th century. The story was both historical---the revolt against serfdom, and emotional---the dichotomy of wanting freedom versus serving a master. The life of a dog, since its so much shorter than a person's, helps make a perspective on youth, parenting, friendship over a lifetime more doable for the author. And in this Author's case---her life was relativel ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this dog's-eye view of the Peasant's Revolt during Richard II's reign. Two paws up!
Shazza Maddog
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Julieann Wielga

My friend,Kathy Bruce, sent me the above link. I am always looking for kids' books that are not what everyone else is reading and not what is in the bookstores now. This book written by English author Herietta Branford was first published in the United States in 1998. It won the guardian's prize for fiction and was short listed for the Carnegie.

The book is told from the point of view of a bitch during England's Peasant's Revolt in 1381. The story opens ar
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is and excellent piece of historical fiction with the added perspective of a dog. The story is harsh but should appeal to a young audience.

Survival from a dog's perspective
"I caught one, (a rabbit) snapped its neck, and felt its warm flesh and blood bringing me life and strength." (p. 23)

Cruelty from one man's perpective
". . . Lupus's heavy leather belt struck me a blow across the ribs that knocked my breath away and stopped me thinking clearly. In the split second of my muddle he dropped a
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book, ya
Although this book is meant to be a YA book there are parts of it that can be quite gruesome or graphic that it will make you stop to think. Although history is never known for being clean, especially around this timeframe it may not be a good idea for younger readers than it is for slightly older ones.

Otherwise the book gives an interesting viewpoint of the human world from a dog's eyes so that you can see all the underlying wretchedness, the loneliness, the injustice, the rawness of emotiona
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Henrietta Branford was a gifted novelist for young people. During her short career she won the Smarties Prize in 1994 for Dimanche Diller (Harper Collins) and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1998 for Fire, Bed and Bone (Walker Books); she was twice shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize, in 1994 and 1997. Her progress and development as a writer was watched with interest by publishers, critics a ...more
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