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The Book of the Maidservant - Rebecca Barnhouse I've read a lot about Margery Kempe, the "Madwoman of God," so I found this story very interesting, but I don't see it appealing to casual YA readers. She was by all accounts a very trying person to be around for any length of time, so it must have been miserable to have to work for her on a daily basis (or to be stuck with her presence on a pilgrimage). The author did an excellent job of conveying the miserable life endured by a servant in the Middle Ages. However, there was so much focus on Johanna's suffering that I don't think a lot of teen readers will stick with it.