Young Adult

The Revolt: A Novel in Wycliffe’s England by Douglas Bond

** I reviewed this book thinking it was middle grade fiction (as noted on Amazon). However, the author has let me know THE REVOLT is indeed Young Adult YA or adult fiction, appropriate for 15 and up. The 1/2 star I shaved off for content (I felt too mature for MG fiction) has been added back — making this a 5 star YA book. **

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July 7th, 2016 from P&R Publishing

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As a secretary at the battle of Crècy, Hugh West’all has come close to death. But when he meets John Wycliffe, he embraces a mission even more exciting and just as dangerous: translating the Bible into English, the language of the common people. Hugh’s work helps him to understand the Gospel even as a corrupt and decadent church plots to choke Wycliffe’s translation and silence him forever.

My Thoughts

The Revolt by Douglas Bond is a theologically rich and thoroughly engaging look at the life John Wycliffe — the Morning star of the Reformation. His story is told from the perspective of his young Oxford classmate Hugh West’all, and Willard, a peasant farmer. Due to their vastly different social standings, young readers will glimpse all aspects of life in Wycliffe’s England.

Every sentence and paragraph is richly descriptive and complex. Bond’s vernacular may be challenging for some. He expertly selected language which accommodates modern readers while still maintaining the essence of the time period.

Despite never being taught church history, it is an essential element of our Christian faith and heritage I’d like to pass down to my own children. For this reason, I greatly admire the author’s exacting effort to fill this story with facts. I know the kids will be entertained by the battle of Crécy, Alfred’s witty humor, and the tournament games. Even more they will be learning through story, and Douglas Bond has proven to be a skilled teacher.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from P&R Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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4 thoughts on “The Revolt: A Novel in Wycliffe’s England by Douglas Bond

  1. Just to clarify on the age category. THE REVOLT is not children’s fiction. It is Young Adult YA or adult, appropriate for 15 and up, along side THE BETRAYAL (Calvin), THE THUNDER (Knox), and my forthcoming LUTHER IN LOVE (2017)

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