In Year 7 and 8, we are doing a Middle Ages novel study. Some of us are reading Ransomwood by Sherryl Jordan. This is historical fiction which is good because we need more historical fiction for our 40 Book Challenge. It also fits under New Zealand fiction as Sherryl Jordan is an amazing New Zealand writer who lives in Tauranga.
Ransomwood is the story of three mismatched characters, Gwenifer, Halfwit Harry and Mother Dorit who have to go on a pilgrimage to a town called Ransomwood in search of healing. In Ransomwood, there is a statue of a blessed lady who is said to cry healing tears. The story is all about the things that happen to them on their journey.
This novel has given us a real insight into life in the Middle Ages and the impact of social standing on your life. We are also learning lots about the superstitions people had.
"I loved reading about the exciting things that happen to the pilgrims on their journey." Nadia
"Stick with it until you reach Ransomwood. Then it gets really interesting." Sarah Be
"I absolutely LOVED this book and have a bit of a soft spot for Halfwit Harry." Mrs C-M
"This book is action-packed," Sarah Br
We've been making Wordles and Tagxedos about the personality traits of some of the main characters.
Here is Chelsea's Tagxedo about Mother Dorit.
And here is Mackenzie's Wordle about Mother Dorit.
Here is Lilli's Wordle about Halfwit Harry, Mrs C-M's favourite character.
If you love beautifully written stories, full of adventure and colorful characters, then you will love Ransomwood.