Monday, June 1, 2009

Trumpeter of Krakow

The Trumpeter of Krakow
by Eric P. Kelly, winner of the 1929 Newbery Medal, finishes off the 1920s by epitomizing the essentials of what makes a good story. In a page-turning narrative, the thrilling story of Joseph and his family, refuges from the Ukraine who come to Krakow to fulfill a promise made by their ancestors. The lush style and language evokes the time period to transport the reader back to medieval Poland. The plot twists and turns to include a love interest for young Joseph, a villainous vigilante, a kind priest, and a confused alchemist. Throughout it all, the struggle between good and evil is held taunt like wire, but it is clear that good must triumph in the end, even if there are casualties. It is this message of morality and character development that makes this book worthy of the Newbery Medal, as a distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


1 comment:

  1. Great review (even though there's no mention of pigeons...) :)