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Multcolib School Corps Picks Fiction about the Middle Ages and Renaissance Grades 6-8

Crispin
Crispin The Cross of Lead By Avi (Book - 2002 ) y AVI Available in some locations

Annotation:Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.

Murder at Midnight
Murder at Midnight By Avi (Book - 2009 ) j AVI 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Falsely accused of plotting to overthrow King Claudio, scholarly Mangus the magician, along with his street-smart servant boy, Fabrizio, face deadly consequences unless they can track down the real traitor by the stroke of midnight.

The Book of the Maidservant
The Book of the Maidservant By Barnhouse, Rebecca (Book - 2009 ) y BARNHOUSE 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1413, a young maidservant accompanies her deeply religious mistress, Dame Margery Kempe, on a pilgrimage to Rome. Includes author's note on Kempe, writer of "The Book of Margery Kempe," considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language.

Primavera
Primavera By Beaufrand, Mary Jane (Book - 2008 ) y BEAUFRAND Available in some locations

Annotation:Growing up in Renaissance Italy, Flora sees her family's fortunes ebb, but encounters with the artist Botticelli and the guidance of her nurse teach her to look past the material world to the beauty already in her life.

Shakespeare's Spy
Shakespeare's Spy By Blackwood, Gary L. (Book - 2003 ) j BLACKWOOD Available in some locations

Annotation:The winter of 1602 brings many changes for Widge, a young apprentice at London's Globe Theatre, as he becomes infatuated with Shakespeare's daughter Judith, attempts to write a play, learns more about his past, endangers himself to help a friend, acquires a new identity, and finds a new purpose in life.

The Shakespeare Stealer
The Shakespeare Stealer By Blackwood, Gary L. (Book - 1998 ) j BLACKWOOD Available in some locations

Annotation:A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

Warrior Girl
Warrior Girl A Novel of Joan of Arc By Chandler, Pauline (Book - 2006 ) y CHANDLER Available in some locations

Annotation:Although surrounded by treachery, Mariane, a young mute, battles alongside her cousin, Joan of Arc, for the liberation of France from the English.

At the Crossing-places
At the Crossing-places By Crossley-Holland, Kevin (Book - 2002 ) j CROSSLEYH Available in some locations

Annotation:In late twelfth-century England, the thirteen-year-old Arthur goes to begin his new life as squire to Lord Stephen at Holt, where crusaders ready themselves.

King of the Middle March
King of the Middle March By Crossley-Holland, Kevin (Book - 2004 ) j CROSSLEYH Available in some locations

Annotation:Arthur de Caldicot, on his way to becoming a man, witnesses the horrors of the Fourth Crusade in Venice and Zara, as well as the downfall of King Arthur's court, in his seeing stone.

The Seeing Stone
The Seeing Stone By Crossley-Holland, Kevin (Book - 2001 ) j CROSSLEYH Available in some locations

Annotation:In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.

Catherine, Called Birdy
Catherine, Called Birdy By Cushman, Karen (Book - 1994 ) j CUSHMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

The Midwife's Apprentice
The Midwife's Apprentice By Cushman, Karen (Book - 1995 ) y CUSHMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.

Run Far, Run Fast
Run Far, Run Fast By Decker, Timothy (Book - 2007 ) ygn DECKER Available in some locations

Annotation:When the plague comes to her medieval town, a young girl must flee to find sanctuary.

Blood Red Horse
Blood Red Horse By Grant, K. M. (Book - 2005 ) j GRANT Available in some locations

Annotation:A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's armies during the Third Crusades.

Blue Flame
Blue Flame By Grant, K. M. (Book - 2008 ) y GRANT 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1242 in the restive Languedoc region of France, Parsifal, having been charged as a child to guard an important religious relic, has lived in hiding for much of his life until he befriends a young couple on opposite sides of the escalating conflict between the Catholics and the Cathars.

Incantation
Incantation By Hoffman, Alice (Book - 2006 ) y HOFFMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:During the Spanish Inquisition, sixteen-year-old Estrella, brought up a Catholic, discovers her family's true Jewish identity, and when their secret is betrayed by Estrella's best friend, the consequences are tragic.

Incantation
Incantation By Hoffman, Alice (eBook - 2006 ) Click here to access digital titles »

Annotation:During the Spanish Inquisition, sixteen-year-old Estrella, brought up a Catholic, discovers her family's true Jewish identity, and when their secret is betrayed by Estrella's best friend, the consequences are tragic.

The Falconer's Knot
The Falconer's Knot A Story of Friars, Flirtation and Foul Play By Hoffman, Mary (Book - 2007 ) y HOFFMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:Silvano and Chiara, teens sent to live in a friary and a nunnery in Renaissance Italy, are drawn to one another and dream of a future together, but when murders are committed in the friary, they must discover who is behind the crimes before they can realize their love.

Newes From the Dead
Newes From the Dead Being A True Story of Anne Green, Hanged for Infanticide at Oxford Assizes in 1650, Restored to the World and Died Again 1665 By Hooper, Mary (Book - 2008 ) y HOOPER All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Anne Green can't move a muscle, can't open her eyes, can't scream. She lies paralyzed in absolute darkness, terrified by her final memory - being hanged. Is she in purgatory? Hell? Was she buried alive? An innocent woman caught up in a nightmare, Anne Green is trapped with her racing thoughts, her burning need to revisit the events - and the man - that led her to the scaffold.

Duchessina
Duchessina A Novel of Catherine De Medici By Meyer, Carolyn (Book - 2007 ) y MEYER Available in some locations

Annotation:While her tyrannical family is out of favor in Italy, young Catherine de Medici is raised in convents, then in 1533, when she is fourteen, her uncle, Pope Clement VII, arranges for her marriage to prince Henri of France, who is destined to become king.

Bloodline Rising
Bloodline Rising By Moran, Katy (Book - 2011 ) y MORAN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Cai, a thief in seventh-century Constantinople, finds himself held captive on a trading ship bound for Britain--the home his father, a ruthless barbarian assassin, fled long ago--where he discovers that his Anglish captors know more about the secrets of his family than he does.

Daughter of Venice
Daughter of Venice By Napoli, Donna Jo (Book - 2002 ) j NAPOLI Available in some locations

Annotation:Frustrated with the restrictions her gender imposes on her life, Donata, disguised as a boy, sneaks out of her noble family's house to roam the streets of late sixteenth-century Venice and then must confront the repercussions of her actions.

The Smile
The Smile By Napoli, Donna Jo (Book - 2008 ) y NAPOLI 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:In Renaissance Italy, Elisabetta longs for romance, and when Leonardo da Vinci introduces her to Guiliano de Medici, whose family rules Florence but is about to be deposed, she has no inkling of the romance--and sorrow--that will ensue.

A Single Shard
A Single Shard By Park, Linda Sue (Book - 2001 ) j PARK Available in some locations

Annotation:Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

A Single Shard
A Single Shard By Park, Linda Sue (eBook - 2001 ) Click here for full text »

Annotation:Tree-ear, a thirteen-year-old orphan in medieval Korea, lives under a bridge in a potters' village, and longs to learn how to throw the delicate celadon ceramics himself.

The Redheaded Princess
The Redheaded Princess A Novel By Rinaldi, Ann (Book - 2008 ) y RINALDI Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1542, nine-year-old Lady Elizabeth lives on an estate near London, striving to get back into the good graces of her father, King Henry VIII, and as the years pass she faces his death and those of other close relatives until she finds herself next in line to ascend the throne of England in 1558.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices From A Medieval Village By Schlitz, Laura Amy (Book - 2007 ) j 812.6 S344g 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.

Keeper of the Grail
Keeper of the Grail By Spradlin, Michael P. (Book - 2008 ) y SPRADLIN 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1191, fifteen-year-old Tristan, a youth of unknown origin raised in an English abbey, becomes a Templar Knight's squire during the Third Crusade and soon finds himself on a mission to bring the Holy Grail to safety.

Keeper of the Grail
Keeper of the Grail By Spradlin, Michael P. (Audiobook CD - 2008 ) CD YA SPRADLIN All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:In 1191, fifteen-year-old Tristan, a youth of unknown origin raised in an English abbey, becomes a Templar Knight's squire during the Third Crusade and soon finds himself on a mission to bring the Holy Grail to safety.

The Crowfield Curse
The Crowfield Curse By Walsh, Pat (Book - 2010 ) j WALSH 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1347, when fourteen-year-old orphan William Paynel, an impoverished servant at Crowfield Abbey, goes into the forest to gather wood and finds a magical creature caught in a trap, he discovers he has the ability to see fays and becomes embroiled in a strange mystery involving Old Magic, a bitter feud, and ancient secrets.

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Books to support the Common Core Standard ELA-Literacy.RL.6.9 "Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics."


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