Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc

By ELLIOTT, David

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ISBN
9781328987594
Publisher
HMH


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on Winter2018  |  Young Adult

Gr 8 Up—A prominent figure of the Hundred Years' War, Joan of Arc dually stands out in history as a leader of the French army and a woman scorned for her "unseemly" deeds. From receiving visions of Saints at 13, to leading the Dauphin's army at 16, to death by burning at 19, Joan's story is swift yet deftly packed with captivating moments of 15th-century France. Although her life ends in flames, there is much more to glean from her fi...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2019

In this verse novel, "voices" refers to Joan of Arc's messages from the saints; to the various people who testified for and against her; to Joan herself; and to the objects made sentient in Elliott's telling (dress, sword, fire, and more). "Voices" also resound in quotations from Joan's two trials (1431 and 1455), medieval voices that dovetail nicely with the author's choice to adhere to medieval poetic forms such as ballade, rondeau, sestina, etc. Within the ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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