Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

genre: children's literature, historical fiction

This is a tale set in medieval Poland, a world of alchemists and beggars, kings and professors, where every hour a special tune is played from the tower of an ancient church.  Within the city of Krakow, intrigue is following the family of Joseph Charnetski - his father is hiding something precious and a band of thieves know more than Joseph does and are willing to fight to get it. Where they find sanctuary, how the tower becomes an important part of their story, that is at the crux of this tale.  A winner of the 1929 Newbery medal, it's about the power of the young to help those around them as well as the depths that greed can sink us.  But even more that all of that, it is a love story for Poland, it's majesty and mystery, it's incredibly volatile history full of conquerors and the conquered and it's crowing jewel of a city.

1 comment:

Okie said...

This sounds like good fun...and there aren't too many kids stories that I know of that are set in Poland so that's an added fun bonus.

My sister-in-law did a couple of years of service in Poland when she was younger so I might thumb through this and then give it to her family for Christmas.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention. :)

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