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Title:
Castle diary : the journal of Tobias Burgess, page
Author:
Platt, Richard.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 33 cm
Summary:
As a page in his uncle's castle in thirteenth-century England, eleven-year-old Tobias records in his journal his experiences learning how to hunt, play games of skill, and behave in noble society. Includes notes on noblemen, castles, and feudalism.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1010 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.8 2.0 2130.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 5.4 4 Quiz: 20195.
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ISBN:
9780763604899
Format :
Book

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As a page in his uncle's castle in 13-century England, 11-year-old Tobias records in his journal his experiences learning how to hunt, play games of skill and behave in noble society. Includes notes on noblemen, castles and feudalism. Color illustrations throughout.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-5. This large-format book, featuring lively, colorful illustrations on every page, is among the most visual of the many historical-fiction diaries recently published. The story takes place in 1285, when 11-year-old Tobias spends a year as a page at his uncle's castle. As Tobias records events and impressions in his journal, readers will learn about the social structure of feudalism as well as life in and around the castle: the stages of training for knighthood, table manners and medical practices of the period, and notable events in Tobias' year. Rewarding observant viewers with dramatic or humorous details of gesture and expression, Chris Riddell's deftly drawn ink-and-watercolor illustrations brighten the pages and complement the lively tone of the text. More than 13 inches tall and 10 inches wide, this oversize book will intrigue the many children attracted by medieval life. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

The author adopts a faux-medieval style to describe the life of a 13th-century page in what PW called "an informative and amusing introduction to the medieval world." Ages 9-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-In this oversized, wonderfully illustrated diary, Tobias Burgess, an 11-year-old page, describes daily life in a castle during the course of a year. Although the number of incidents he describes (a jousting tournament, a friend being knighted, his own illness that results in bloodletting by a "physician," and others) seems a bit forced in order to capture as much about life in a medieval castle as possible, readers will enjoy the child's language and descriptions. The large format allows for numerous, detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations. An outstanding section in the back presents additional information and drawings. Not many, if any, children's books on the Middle Ages and castles contain the wealth of information found in this fresh, appealing offering.-Betsy Barnett, Eads School District, CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.