The Apprentice

The Apprentice

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by Pilar Molina Llorente, Juan Ramon Alonso
     
 

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In Renaissance Florence, thirteen-year-old apprentice Arduino's dreams of being a painter are challenged after he discovers the extreme measures the Maestro Cosimo di Forlç will take in the name of jealousy. Arduino faces a decision that could cost him his only chance to realize his life's dream.

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In Renaissance Florence, thirteen-year-old apprentice Arduino's dreams of being a painter are challenged after he discovers the extreme measures the Maestro Cosimo di Forlç will take in the name of jealousy. Arduino faces a decision that could cost him his only chance to realize his life's dream.

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“Engrossing.” —School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set in Renaissance Florence, this import from Spain begins as a gothic. Arduino, a 13-year-old boy from a family of prestigious tailors, convinces his father to apprentice him to a master painter, only to find that the Maestro is ill-tempered, miserly and , out of jealousy, has secretly imprisoned a gifted, orphaned apprentice in the attic. At this point Llorente's plotting turns operatic, with fortuitously timed illnesses (the Maestro's), the entrance of a benevolent duke with a handsome commission to bestow and Arduino, the newest boy in the atelier, suddenly calling the shots. Each of the characters is a type of extreme, either saintly or heinous or impassioned, although the Maestro manages, at various stages, to be all three. A motif about individual freedom only adds to the ballast. This title is the first by Llorente and Alonso to appear in the U.S. Ages 10-up. (Aug.)
The ALAN Review - John Noell Moore
The son of a successful tailor in Renaissance Florence, thirteen-year-old Arduino Neri dreams of becoming a painter and is apprenticed to Maestro Cosimo di Forli. In the company of three other apprentices and the housekeeper Melania, Arduino, though talented, is treated as a servant. He discovers that the tyrannical Maestro has imprisoned the artist Donato in the attic because he fears the youth's talent. Arduino secretly befriends Donato, learns about painting from him, and helps secure his release. A jealous apprentice's double cross almost ruins Arduino's artistic dreams, but all is resolved when a rich patron comes to the rescue. Though the novel briefly dramatizes the lack of choice by women in this society, its failure to develop this idea is a major disappointment, and the unfortunate fairy-tale ending resolves the real issues of the novel all too blithely. Nonetheless, it is recommended for middle-school readers for its easy reading, historical interest, and intrigue.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374404321
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This story takes place in Renaissance Florence. It talks about a thirteen year old boy who wants to be a painter. Evan though his farther doesn't like what he choosed to be, he sends him to be apprenticed by Maestro Cosimo de Forli who is jealous of him. Than Arduino finds out something wich has to do with the attic that might cost his chance of being a painter.