The Wicked and the Just (Hardcover)

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This powerful historical fiction debut, set in medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress.


Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780547688374
SKU 223320238
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0547688377
Release Date 4/17/2012
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1T
"Coats allows the two protagonists to be both sympathetic and unsympathetic in this unusually honest portrait of the effects of power. Refreshingly, she asks her readers to see beyond the perspectives of each narrator to interpret between the lines; at the same time, she offers us a potent historical novel."
"This debut novel reverberates with detail, drama, and compassion." (starred review)
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Editors Note Cecily's father has ruined her life. He's moving them to occupied Wales, where the|king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least|Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.|Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there|herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must|wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.|While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners,|Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising|ever higher?until finally they must reach the breaking point.|
Annotation Set in 13th-century English-occupied Wales, this riveting historical novel is narrated by two girls who are forced into each other's lives against their wishes. Unwillingly brought to Caernarvon, Wales, by her father, a tax collector, Cecily is horrified by the Welsh and determined to be lady of the manor, as is her due. Gwenhwyfar finds herself acting as a maid in what once was her home to run. Imperious and selfish, Cecily treats Gwinny condescendingly and spends her time trying to become part of the local English power structure. Gwinny struggles to keep her family alive, and each day is more difficult than the last. But when the Welsh revolt, the tables turn, and Cecily discovers what it means to be powerless.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 12
Number of Pages 0352
Publisher Harcourt Children's Books

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