What I Like: This historical fiction book provides a snapshot of the sixteenth century lifestyle of the Hutterites and Paracelsus. If you are studying the sixteenth century or the plague, the book might provide interesting insights for your students.
What I Dislike: To me, the story seemed a bit preachy in places and the plot somewhat weak and choppy. Also, although the title led me to believe the story would be mainly about Paracelsus, the doctor in rags, or perhaps the Hutterites since many suspected Paracelsus of being a Hutterite, the story actually focused more on Michael finding his true calling. Also, there was no bibliography to support the historical aspects of this book. It would have been a handy addition to the book.
Overall Rating: Good
Age Appeal: 9-12
Publisher Info: Herald Press, 2003 (although originally published in 1973; ISBN: 0-8361-1698-4; Paperback $8.99.