THE LIFE AND (MEDIEVAL) TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY by Jamie Pacton is a delightful story about Kit and her mission to shake up gender stereotypes. Kit works at The Castle, a medieval-themed restaurant that hosts jousting tournaments filled with knights, a royal court, and serving “wenches” like Kit. Corporate policy is that only men can be knights. But, Kit wants the job not only because she believes anyone should have the opportunity, but because being a knight also pays more. Money is incredibly tight at home and she’s also trying to save for college. So, when Kit takes a chance and replaces her brother as a knight, other employees risk their jobs to help join Kit’s quest to break down barriers.

Jamie Pacton has filled this story with inclusivity and a diverse cast of characters, as well as a sweet budding romance between Kit and her best friend, Jett. Fun historical details and Lord of the Rings references are scattered throughout to highlight Kit’s love of empowered female warriors. And, there is also an honest portrayal of financial hardships within families and difficult decisions as it pertains to college decisions for young people.

Anyone who has been to a renaissance festival or watched the movie A Knight’s Tale will surely have no trouble envisioning Kit as she fights with her friends to make real change. Kit is a champion worth cheering for in this fun, feminist story with plenty of levity, spirit, and heart.

Suggested Reading Age: Grades 9+ | Page Street Kids | 384 pg. | May 5, 2020 |

Source: Digital ARC provided by Page Street Publishing via NetGalley.

“What better way to smash the patriarchy than with a lance and sword?”

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