Title: Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of ARC
Author: David Elliott
Page Count: 208 pages
Genre: Poetry // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: HMH Teen, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: March 28, 2017
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Told through medieval poetic forms and in the voices of the people and objects in Joan of Arc’s life, (including her family and even the trees, clothes, cows, and candles of her childhood). Along the way it explores issues such as gender, misogyny, and the peril of speaking truth to power. Before Joan of Arc became a saint, she was a girl inspired. It is that girl we come to know in Voices.
Upon starting Voices I had previously read BULL by David Elliott (which I enjoyed immensely) so I knew this would be a treat! Voices is written in verse adding to the feel of the story.
This novella packed a punch to the gut. I really felt Joan’s words echoing through me and the creative way the words were written really added to the message. For example, Joan is about to hold a sword and the next page has the swords point of view of Joan with the words shaped into the sword itself. It was really neat, you should read it just for how well this entire idea was executed.
The tone of this novella was sombre and I could really feel the sexism toward women during the 1400s bleeding through the pages. I felt as though I was right there with Joan of Arc. Such a fantastic way to share this story and so so powerful.
**Thank you so much Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**