Do you love Castles and Kings? Peasants and Knights? All things medieval like I do?
Then Karen Cushman is the author for you! I have read all of her books and most are set in Medieval or Elizabethan England.
Her latest book is something different. It is still set in England's Middle-Ages but for the first time Cushman's main character is a boy, twelve-year-old Will Sparrow.
Will Sparrow, Liar and thief, is running away from the father who sold him for beer, the innkeeper who threatened to sell him as a chimney sweep- from his whole, sad, sorry life. Barefoot and penniless, Will is determined to avoid capture, secure boots, and find something to eat. The lively goings-on behind the scenes of Elizabethan market fairs provide a colorful, earthy backdrop from this wise and funny story of a runaway who finally and unexpectedly stops running.
To find out what Karen Cushman has to say about writing historical fiction check out her website. There is also an interview with the author and information about all her books
Below is a list of Karen Cushman books set in medieval times that we have at the library:
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
The Midwife's Apprentice
Catherine Called Birdy
Some of these books are available to download to your computer or reader or to check-out and listen to on disc or playaway. Be sure to ask at your favorite library.
Want to learn more about the Middle Ages? Check-out these nonfiction titles!
The Middle Ages: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur
DK Eyewitness' Medieval Life by Andrew Langley
Look Inside a Castle by Jenny Moss
I am always on the lookout for a new historical read. If you have a favorite I'd love to hear about it!