Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess A Young Page
This is the medieval journal of Tobias Burgess, a young page. Sent to his uncle's castle to learn to be a page, eleven-year-old Toby keeps a detailed journal of everything that happens there during the year of 1285 - from such great events as a boar hunt and a tournament to more everyday activities like baking bread and cleaning out the garderobes (toilets). The book is packed with information about medieval life and a must for any child who loves castles! This is ground-breaking non fiction - original edition Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award. It offers detailed information about all sorts of things boy readers will revel in, including archery, jousting, banqueting, catching poachers and pig-killing. It includes a fact section at the back covering castle-building and use, armour and weapons, heraldry and the feudal system. It includes a glossary and index.
Richard Platt is also the author of Pirate Diary, Roman Diary and Egyptian Diary. Pirate Diary won the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Silver Smarties Book Prize and the Blue Peter Award for Best Factual Book. Richard lives in Kent. Chris Riddell is an author, political cartoonist (for The Observer), and the illustrator of Pirate Diary and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He won the Smarties Prize in 2008. He lives in Brighton.