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In this gripping medieval page-turner, Roger and his sister Alice are kidnapped and held for ransom in an ancient tower. To escape and find their uncle, the children must summon all their courage and imagination. "Designed as easy-reading material for middle-graders, this has the virtues of an attractive format and illustrations, a fast plot, and even a feminist fillip: AlIn this gripping medieval page-turner, Roger and his sister Alice are kidnapped and held for ransom in an ancient tower. To escape and find their uncle, the children must summon all their courage and imagination. "Designed as easy-reading material for middle-graders, this has the virtues of an attractive format and illustrations, a fast plot, and even a feminist fillip: Alice is the more intrepid of the siblings, Roger's gifts are for music and ventriloquism."-- Bulletin, Center for Children's Books. ......

Title : The Minstrel in the Tower
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ISBN : 9780394895987
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Minstrel in the Tower Reviews

  • Vertrees
    2019-04-11 19:11

    Read with my 7 yo. Good story, great to talk about towers, castles, moats.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-24 16:36

    Another historical fiction children's book that is impressively accurate about the time period in which it is set. This was a quick, simple read for my upper elementary student, but it was not so easy that the plot was simplistic and boring. It kept my attention as an adult and I was pleased with how it conveyed the sense of uncertainty for widowed women and her children in the Middle Ages. Also, the main characters are two resourceful and plucky children and so readily identifiable with the intended audience.

  • Congetta
    2019-03-31 15:22

    This is an easy book for someone entering middle school. I used it for read aloud fluency for my son. It was simple, but he liked it. However, I do have a problem with it categorized as a history book. This was historical fiction and should have been classified as such. It lead to a conversation about how books are classified, so that was an unplanned teaching moment. Very easy intro to the Middle Ages. I think it could have been more complex.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-07 22:26

    3.5 stars

  • Heather
    2019-04-10 15:40

    I read this over a year ago and finally read it to the kids. I think it's a decent book, but not great. You don't learn a whole lot about the historical era (year 1195) which is one of my main reasons for seeking out historical fiction so in that aspect it fell short. The boy is portrayed as rather weak, but he does 'come into his own' later while the girl is very tom-boyish and strong. Being the mother of all boys I typically try to stay away from 'boys are weak' type books. The boys thought this was "okay". It's a little on the dull side and the action is never very actiony. (It's my review so I can make up words if I want too.) I don't think we'll be reading this again. Updated February 2014 - My 10-year-old read this and really enjoyed it. He chose to read it over his 'exciting fun book' several days.

  • Susan
    2019-03-24 20:37

    I wonder whether my opinion of this was affected by knowing it was written intentionally to be an easy read for middle-school students. I would've pegged it for a much younger audience. To me, the story line seemed to be oversimplified along with the language. It's a fine little story, but there's just not much to it. In the time of the crusades, sister and brother have an urgent errand to do because their mother is desparately ill, they run afoul of some bad guys, and the reader can pretty well predict the rest.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-17 20:21

    A reader for young children set in the year 1195 during the time of King Richard the Lionheart. Their mother deathly ill and their father on crusade, a penniless brother and sister set out for Bordeaux to locate their uncle Raimond, a rich baron, who they hope will be able to rescue their mother from her illness. The only thing they bring with them is a prized lute decorated with a soaring eagle so they can sing for their food. On the way they make some shifty acquaintances.

  • Miss Amanda
    2019-03-26 21:27

    gr 3-4 62pgs1195, France. The Crusades have been over for a year and still Roger and Alice's father has not returned. When their mother becomes deathly ill, she tells them to take her lute to Lord Raimond, their mother's brother. Alice and Roger are shocked to learn they have an uncle and that he is a lord, will they be able to find him in time?Interesting story.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-01 18:22

    This book was simple and quick to read. It wasn't the worst way to introduce the middle ages to children through story. It wasn't the most exciting and well written book we've read so far, but my kids enjoyed it and were able to follow the story. I personally would have liked to see more character development and smoother transitions from scene to scene.

  • JoAnne Styger
    2019-04-05 19:22

    I read this to my girls as part of our history curriculum. Though not a great story or great history, it is a good, simple story about two children living in medieval times. I think it fits best to a 9-11 yr old reader studying the time period.

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-04-06 23:36

    Two children must travel across France in the Middle Ages to find their uncle. Full of adventure, you can't help but admire both plucky Alice and her brother Roger as they find their courage and learn from each other. My daughter really loved this one.

  • Joel
    2019-04-04 19:14

    I liked this book. In the book the kids' mom was ill. They set off on a journey to find uncle Lord Raimond, the baron. One of the kids gets locked in a tower. Time is running out. Will they save their mom? Is he a dream? hmm (: Read it and find out!

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-03-22 20:20

    Takes place during the Crusades.

  • Mishael
    2019-04-03 15:12

    cool book it says its history i wonder if it really happened in the past

  • Kendra Fletcher
    2019-04-17 17:13

    History Year Two

  • Tiph
    2019-04-11 19:27

    A fun quick read (we read it in about an hour!) it's a little adventure following a pair of siblings in the middle ages. We enjoyed this story very much.

  • Alison Treat
    2019-04-20 22:20

    I read this with the kids for their homeschool curriculum. It was a very simple story, pretty predictable, and definitely not as good as most of the read-alouds we enjoy. But the kids enjoyed it.

  • Mckinley
    2019-04-06 15:15

    Quick read.

  • Nina
    2019-04-03 22:33


  • Kitty Tomlinson
    2019-03-23 22:37

    In the year 1195, Alice & her brother, Roger, go to look for their sick mother's brother, a powerful baron.

  • Carol
    2019-04-19 17:20

    Quick read. It's the first book we read for my six year olds book club.

  • Christina
    2019-03-23 20:22

    This is the current read aloud for Clara and Max. It's short so we will finish it this week.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-11 23:32

    A very short read, we read this as a read aloud together, but my kiddos truly could have read it themselves. It was an ok story, I think it makes a better reader than read aloud, in my opinion.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-04 23:19

    The children in this book demonstrate love for their mother and each other. It's great.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-28 18:40

    A good short early reader to go along with a study of medieval times.

  • Jennifer Dunne
    2019-03-27 20:23

    "It is a great book" says my daughter.

  • Katie Pinson
    2019-04-08 22:16

    Loved the references to historical events.

  • Laura
    2019-04-17 17:20

    This is an enjoyable short chapter book suitable for kids 6 to 10 or so. I read it outloud to my kids to go along with our theme unit on Medieval times. Both my older and younger kids enjoyed it.