Castle diary : the journal of Tobias Burgess, page (Historical Diaries) (#13124T2)

by Platt, Richard; illustrated by Riddell, Chris

6 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Paperback Candlewick Press, c1999, p2003
Price: USD 6.97
Description: 123 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 5.8
AR 5.8 UG 2 2130EN; RC 5.4 4; LEX 1010L; F&P W
From the publisher: Grades 4-7; Ages 9-12
From Booklist: Grades 3-5; PW: Ages 9-up; SLJ: Gr 4-8; read the full-text reviews


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FollettBound Glued Candlewick Press, c1999, p2003

USD 14.47

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Historical Diaries

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Young readers relive the past through the eyes of children their age in this acclaimed historical fiction series that informs as much as it entertains. Replete with details of daily life, followed by several spreads of factual information, plus an index, timeline, glosssary and source list.

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Includes bibliographical references and index. 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.

From the Publisher
"Not many, if any, children's books on the Middle Ages and castles contain the wealth of information found in this fresh, appealing offering." -- School Library Journal (starred review)

What was it really like to live in a castle? Step back to the Middle Ages with Castle Diary: the Journal of Tobias Burgess. Eleven-year-old Toby's vivid diary entries offer an insider's view of day-to-day castle life, including tips on etiquette (where do you spit at a feast?) and exciting descriptions of hunting, jousting, and harvesting. Complete with glossary, index, and detailed endnotes, this is a rich look at medieval life that informs as much as it entertains.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2003
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: 1st U.S. small pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 123 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Tracings: Riddell, Chris, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-2164-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-2164-3
  • Follett Number: 13124T2
  • Catalog Number: 0763621641
  • Reading Level: 5.8
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 4-7
  • Ages: 9-12
  • Booklist: Grades 3-5
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 9-up
  • School Library Journal: Gr 4-8
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.8
  • AR Interest Level: UG
  • AR Points: 2
  • AR Quiz: 2130EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 5.4
  • Reading Counts Points: 4
  • Lexile: 1010L
  • Fountas & Pinnell: W

Reviews & Awards
  • Book Links, 09/01/04
  • Booklist, 11/15/99
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 12/01/99
  • Five Owls, 06/20/03
  • Publishers Weekly, 07/19/99
  • School Library Journal starred, 12/01/99

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (Vol. 96, No. 6 (November 15, 1999))
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.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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