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The Brothers Story by Katherine Sturtevant

The Brothers Story (edition 2009)

by Katherine Sturtevant

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Title:The Brothers Story
Authors:Katherine Sturtevant
Info:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
Collections:Untitled collection, Your library
Tags:Teen fiction, historical, London, 1600s

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The Brothers Story by Katherine Sturtevant


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I had to cover up with a throw as I read this book...it was so good at describing the terrible conditions of England at this time. Since I really like historical fiction and also like stories of people who overcome incredible difficulties, I loved this book. I wish more students would read books like this; it would give them a perspective on the difficulties that some people have in the world. ( )
  MrsHillReads | Jan 28, 2010 |
Kit and Christy were identical twins. But Christy was "simple-minded". It was very cold the winter that Kit ran away to London to make his own way in life, leaving Christy behind. ( )
  lilibrarian | Jan 19, 2010 |
Sturtevant, Katherine. (2009). The Brothers Story. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. 275 pp. ISBN 978-0-374-30992-3 (Hardcover); $16.99.

In the coldest winter in England’s history, Kit and Christy are desperately scratching to eat, stay warm, and survive. His younger brother, Michael, has already died and his mother has sent him begging. Surviving for Kit may be a bit easier than for his twin brother Christy. Christy is developmentally disabled and we are in Essex in the year of our Lord, 1683. Attitudes about disabilities were decidedly different. Kit loves his brother and hates being responsible for him at the same time. Finally Kit decides to abandon his brother and take his chances in London Town. What brings this book into the review spotlight, however, is the fact that emotions about families, especially twins, remain constant. Just how would a young boy feel about abandoning his twin in the 17th century? Younger readers will read this one as a survival story (and don’t be surprised to see readers don coats while reading). Older readers and teachers may be even more impressed with the exceptional attention to the details of the Essex village, including its vernacular. Sturtevant has crafted a book that respects its time but still confronts readers with difficult and important ethical considerations that are still relevant today. This book has easy and obvious ties to history classrooms and is especially well placed in high school and even middle school libraries.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374309922, Hardcover)

Teenage twins Kit and Christy have grown up amid grinding poverty in their Essex village. As Christy has been “simple” from birth, Kit is literally his brother’s keeper. But the latest hardships visited upon their country home by the Great Frost of 1683–84 bring Kit to frustration and despair, and he abandons Christy to make his way to London, seeking to better himself. There he finds work as an apprentice to a struggling artist and much else to take his mind off what he has left behind. But the time comes when he can no longer ignore the problem of his brother.

A fascinating portrait of a young person struggling to balance family and freedom, The Brothers Story is also a frank depiction of Restoration London in its bawdy, raucous glory.

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In the late seventeenth century, fifteen-year-old Kit, driven to desperation by the starvation of one brother and mistreatment of his own simple-minded twin, realizes his dream of becoming an apprentice in London but feels drawn by duty to return home to Essex.… (more)

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