What a find this book is. Laura Amy Schlitz, who wrote last year‘s poignant and haunting, A Drowned Maidens Hair, absolutely captures this phase and corner of history. The characters come across distinct within the confines of each of their situations. The book itself is gorgeous, with rich illustrations reminiscent of the artistic style of the period.
This may be a strong contender for Newbery. It has been awhile since the award has gone to anything other than a traditional fiction book. The Honor books usually pick up a non-fiction book from time to time, keeping Russell Freedman’s trophy shelves full. I would have to check, but I know of no other book in the drama category to win.
Personally I would like to carry on with a few more of these characters. It was a bit frustrating getting such a small glimpse, however brilliantly portrayed , of these people. I would love to find out which sister ends up marrying Piers, if the homely Taggot crossed paths with Hugo again, or if the unabashed Nelly gets Drogo to clean up his act. I would adore an entire book dedicated to Giles the beggar.