Are you looking for a way to bring the Renaissance period alive to your students? Are you wanting a way to share stories of Leonardo da Vinci with them, without having to worry about the bad language or the inappropriate innuendos?
To Mantua and Beyond is the third in Catherine's historical fiction series on Leonardo da Vinci. It is written at an 8th/9th grade level, but has been enjoyed by students of all ages, as well as adults. (It makes a good read aloud for younger students, too.)
This one covers the exciting years of 1499 and 1500 when the French are invading Milan, the Duke is going under hiding, and da Vinci must decide what he will do next. Is he willing to lower himself to ask for help from Isabella d'Este? What will come of his scientific work when he leaves Milan? Will his services as a military advisor be useful again?
This book follows Leonardo the Florentine and Leonardo:Masterpieces in Milan chronologically, but each of them can be read and enjoyed alone.