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Friday, September 19, 2008

Monday, September 22 - Newbery Winner Laura Amy Schlitz

Today I’m pleased to feature the very best of Young Adult literature in conversation with 2008’s Newbery Medal winner. Written by a librarian for her students, Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village is Laura Amy Schlitz’s third book about history, ostensibly for adolescent readers about adolescent villagers in 13th century England. It’s a careful, dramatic, empathetic revisionist collection of monologues based on idiom and research that teaches and entertains readers of all ages about life in, yes, the Middle Ages. Voices from a Medieval Village both challenges and affirms the place of Young Adult literature, and its smart vision of pedagogy and writing speaks loud volumes to the wisdom of the good folks at Candlewick Press and the American Library Association, which chose Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village for its annual Newbery Medal. Today on Bibliocracy I am lucky to host the Newbery Medal-winner and author of Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!, Laura Amy Schlitz. She is a librarian at the Park School in Baltimore and author of The Hero Schliemann: The Dreamer Who Dug for Troy and A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A Melodrama. For more on this book and other Candlewick Press books, see

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