Thursday, October 13, 2016
Lexile = 590
Rinaldi is one of my favorite authors. She is a master of historical fiction; she takes an actual event and fills in the details and dialogue to bring history to life. The Staircase is inspired by something I was unfamiliar with - the legend of the "miraculous" staircase in the Chapel of Loretto in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Into this backdrop, Rinaldi places her main character, Lizzy Enders, who has been sent to the convent school run by Catholic Nuns even though she is Methodist! The nun are completing their sanctuary, but are stymied by how to build a staircase in the tight space.
Jose is hired to complete the job. This mysterious carpenter has almost mystical abilities. I'll leave it to you to determine who Jose really is.
I have a few books by Rinaldi in the library. You've got to try these!