Julietta

Author: Saturen, Myra

Subjects: Jewish History; Medieval History; Medicine; Gifted Women and Girls

Age: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

ISBN: 0-88092-538-8

Order code: 5388

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 5388S

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Troyes, France, 1283. Among medieval physicians, a courageous few were women. They faced popular prejudice and furious opposition to their participation in the medical field. Yet fourteen-year-old Julietta’s dream had always been to dare to follow in the footsteps of her herbalist mother and the tradition of healing.

Homeless after the expulsion of Jews from her village and removed to the city of Troyes for safety, Julietta is separated from her mother to become a ward of master physician Brion. Female and therefore banned from seeking knowledge, Julietta seeks solace in restoring Brion’s tangled, weed-filled garden. How unlike her mother’s it is! Mother’s was filled with healing herbs and color. With each herb Julietta plants, she consults her mother’s herbal notebook and discovers the herb's ability to heal. Filled with compassion for the sick and suffering, naturally intelligent Julietta learns by patience and discovery. She works with stems, leaves, berries, and flowers. She begins to create remedies. She yearns to be allowed into Master Brion’s blue-tiled special study room. She wants to learn, to apprentice.

Spirited, compassionate, and inquisitive, Julietta soon must confront the usual anti-feminist obstacles and more—a skeptical mentor, a jealous rival, and her own self-doubt—to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.

The novel offers young readers a glimpse of a fascinating but obscure era in Jewish history: the Middle Ages, with its customs, ethos, and folk beliefs. It also explores a little-known facet of medieval life—the daring participation of women in the field of medicine. In so doing, the story highlights women’s historical journey, from herbalists to doctors’ assistants to physicians in their own right.

"Julietta, a novel about a young Jewish girl in the 1200s, is our current read-aloud for the evenings. It is providing our fifth grader (and our third graders) with an excellent grasp of concepts she is reading about in the Kingfisher Illustrated Encyclopedia used in History Odyssey, Level Two: Middle Ages. It is giving faces, names, characterization, personalization, and heart to a time in history where there is little supplemental fictional material to be found—the persecution of Jews in the Middle Ages." – Mariann A., homeschooling parent, Oakton, VA

Author Myra Saturen is the author of Journey to a New World, also published by Royal Fireworks Press.

Troyes, France, 1283. Among medieval physicians, a courageous few were women. They faced popular prejudice and furious opposition to their participation in the medical field. Yet fourteen-year-old Julietta’s dream had always been to dare to follow in the footsteps of her herbalist mother and the tradition of healing.

Homeless after the expulsion of Jews from her village and removed to the city of Troyes for safety, Julietta is separated from her mother to become a ward of master physician Brion. Female and therefore banned from seeking knowledge, Julietta seeks solace in restoring Brion’s tangled, weed-filled garden. How unlike her mother’s it is! Mother’s was filled with healing herbs and color. With each herb Julietta plants, she consults her mother’s herbal notebook and discovers the herb's ability to heal. Filled with compassion for the sick and suffering, naturally intelligent Julietta learns by patience and discovery. She works with stems, leaves, berries, and flowers. She begins to create remedies. She yearns to be allowed into Master Brion’s blue-tiled special study room. She wants to learn, to apprentice.

Spirited, compassionate, and inquisitive, Julietta soon must confront the usual anti-feminist obstacles and more—a skeptical mentor, a jealous rival, and her own self-doubt—to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.

The novel offers young readers a glimpse of a fascinating but obscure era in Jewish history: the Middle Ages, with its customs, ethos, and folk beliefs. It also explores a little-known facet of medieval life—the daring participation of women in the field of medicine. In so doing, the story highlights women’s historical journey, from herbalists to doctors’ assistants to physicians in their own right.

"Julietta, a novel about a young Jewish girl in the 1200s, is our current read-aloud for the evenings. It is providing our fifth grader (and our third graders) with an excellent grasp of concepts she is reading about in the Kingfisher Illustrated Encyclopedia used in History Odyssey, Level Two: Middle Ages. It is giving faces, names, characterization, personalization, and heart to a time in history where there is little supplemental fictional material to be found—the persecution of Jews in the Middle Ages." – Mariann A., homeschooling parent, Oakton, VA

Author Myra Saturen is the author of Journey to a New World, also published by Royal Fireworks Press.

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