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My son, aged very nearly 10, wants us to read some stories about the middle ages. There's Robin Hood, of course, and King Arthur. Beyond that, what do you suggest? To give you a target range, his desert island books so far include Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, My Side of the Mountain, The Princess and the Goblin, Swallows and Amazons, and My Family and Other Animals.
This one is a little tricky for us. Middle ages? Says Wikipedia, that's 5th to the 15th Centuries, which is...broad. And, says Chestnut, the real question is, is he OK with magic? Or does he want realistic middle ages?
Given that we don't really know, we're just going to take a stab here with one both Chestnut and Diana have loved. (Though it was an interesting question, making me wonder a lot about just what realism means, exactly. Anyway, thoughts for another time.) Here's our pick:
Though, I mean, middle ages? Yeah sort of. But per Tamora Pierce's web site, these take place in a different universe, so that makes it a little tricky to call them really middle ages. I mean, I figure the "King Arthur" reference meant that The Once and Future King is already done. But oh! And I thought of another, and it's super-middle ages-y. Middle aged?
OK, that's what I got this sleepy evening.
But what I would really like, what I hope you guys can offer up in the comments, is a book set in the middle ages that's full of the sort of adventure it seems like this kid goes for. Anyone have an idea?