The short dramatic monologues format makes for a vivid view of a spectrum of children in a medieval village. Short and captivating, yet educational too. A compassionate, moving treatment of many topics I would usually consider too "rough" for younger readers, but this is so well-done and so accessible that it's worthwhile -- just be prepared for some discussion with readers who are on the younger side (8-10) of the recommended age range, or more sensitive. (In addition to the content points mentioned in the CSM review, there are also some earthy parts: mention of pain/fear of childbirth; a girl assists in lambing. Also, a discussion of
cheating-as-a-business-style by the miller.) Recommend for ages 8+ with discussion; otherwise 10+.