Sunday, July 20, 2008

Book Review: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

It is Children's Book Review week at The National Writing for Children Center this week. My review of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! is the first review of the week. Surf on over to read and leave a comment.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! is the Newbery Medal winner for 2008. One thing strikes me in this medieval historical fiction of individual monologues and that is the characters do not speak of their poverty with any resentment. Like many children they are cheerful and show moments of daring acts. Each character attribute is written in a matter-of-fact-that-is-just-the-way-it-is manner. Kids are just trying to figure out what their position is within the Lord’s Manor.
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  1. Hi Carma,

    I love the title of this book. And the cover makes me want to read it. I wonder just how much a cover influences the prospective reader to take a closer look? Ever read any stats on that?


  2. Hi Theresa,
    I have always heard that a great cover influences purchase and I have been known to purchase a book because of the cover as well although it wasn't the primary reason but it was an influencing one.

    Sounds like a good project to do some research on that. :)

    A more detailed review is on the national children's writing center site. It is an unique book.

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  4. Hi Book,
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