Amber and Clay

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Amber and Clay
Written by Laura Amy Schlitz
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ISBN-13: 9781536228144
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Amber and Clay

author: Laura Amy Schlitz
illustrator: Julia Iredale

Welcome to ancient Greece as only Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz can conjure it. An enslaved Thracian in a Greek household, Rhaskos is as common as clay. Wrenched from his mother at a tender age, he nurtures in secret, aided by Socrates, his passions for art and philosophy. Melisto is a spoiled aristocrat, a girl as precious as amber but willful and wild. She’ll marry and be tamed, but risk her life first for a season to serve Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Bound by destiny, by the time Melisto and Rhaskos meet, one of them is a ghost. But the thin line between life and death is just one boundary their unlikely friendship crosses. In the voices of gods and goddesses, enslaved people and slave owners, mothers and philosophers, the story of Rhaskos and Melisto is a gorgeous tour de force. Blending verse, prose, and illustrated archaeological “artifacts,” this is a tale that vividly transcends time, an indelible reminder of the power of language to illuminate human history.

“An astonishing work of historical fiction. . . . This luminous creation is far more than the sum of its parts.” —Booklist (starred review)
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Middle Grade Fiction / Paperback
age range:
10 yrs - 14 yrs
# of pages/size:
544 / 6" x 8 1/2"
grade range:
Grade 5 - Grade 9
Historical; Legends, Myths, Fables; Stories In Verse (see Also Poetry);
author’s comments:
Laura Amy Schlitz is the author of the Newbery Medal–winning Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village; the Newbery Honor Book and New York Times bestseller Splendors & Glooms; The Hired Girl, recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and the National Jewish Book Award; and several other books for young readers. A teacher as well as a writer, Laura Amy Schlitz lives in Maryland.
illustrator’s comments:
Julia Iredale is an artist who works as a freelance illustrator for clients around the world. Her work is informed by her love of mythology, dark fantasy, and human psychology, weaving these together to create beautiful, mysterious characters and worlds. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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