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The Wicked and the Just

Coats, J. Anderson (Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Wicked and the Just
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In medieval Wales, this story 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.
Authors: Coats, J. Anderson (Jillian Anderson)
Title: The wicked and the just
Publisher: Boston : Harcourt, 2012
Characteristics: 344 p. ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: In medieval Wales, this story 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.
ISBN: 0547688377
9780547688374
Branch Call Number: YA COATS
Statement of Responsibility: J. Anderson Coats
Subject Headings: Wales Juvenile fiction Household employees Fiction Prejudices Juvenile fiction Middle Ages Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Household employees
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Middle Ages
LCCN: 2011027315
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Scandiuzzi Young Adult Book Award winner. Author J.A. Coates lives in Everett.

Cecily and her father leave England in the 13th century to keep the King's peace in recently conquered Wales.


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Jul 02, 2014
  • MANAHILAKMAL rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

interesting and provoking plot

A beautifully written , sometimes laugh out loud funny, sometimes cry-your-eyes-out sad expose of human nature at its darkest- and brightest, and how a little love, unselfishness and kindness and being willing to look beyond appearances can shine through the gloom and show you the way. A mixture of Catherine Called Birdy with a touch of To Kill A Mockingbird. Four out of four stars.
Warning: Keep lots of tissues handy.
Not for the squeamish. Doesn't shrink from detailing the good, the bad and the ugly- and sometimes downright gross, realities of life in the middle ages. Worth a read.

Jul 29, 2013
  • amodolo rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I felt that this story was a little disconnected. I liked that it was told from both Cecily's and Gwen's voices (and the author did a great job of making each voice unique). But I felt confused throughout a lot of the story. The ending definitely made up for things, and that's where all the action is. Though I felt that everything was left unfinished and that there is more to the story.

Jul 03, 2012
  • Yahong_Chi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well. This one's lovely for its historical significance and accuracy, but wow. Cecily is such a stuck-up beyotch, even though we knew she was going to be -- how could she be so cruel? *coddles Gruffydd* And then the novel's end (and by "the novel's end" I mean the last page) was oddly abrupt. It makes me wonder if the unfinishedness is on purpose or not.

Jun 16, 2012
  • aplumpe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A great historical novel about growing up in a class based society. Told from two points of view - the priviledged and the not so priviledged. Also shows the evilness of the British Empire at its worst. This book would make a modern girl really appreciate what she has in todays society - regardless of class.

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