Blood Water Paint

By: Joy McCullough

Rome, 1600s. After her mother dies, twelve-year-old Artemisia Gentileschi suddenly has a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint. She chooses paint. Afterword. Black-and-white artwork reproduction.

ISBN: 9780735232112

JLG Release: Apr 2018


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Violence, Strong sexual themes, Rape, Torture
Topics: Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1652 or 1653) , Novels in verse , Artists , Sex role , Rape , Rape trials , Renaissance Italy , History of Italy, 1559–1789

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Awards & Honors

2019 William C. Morris Award Finalist
Booklist Top of the List 2018, Youth Fiction
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth - 2018
BooklistTop 10 Books of 2018, Historical Fiction for Youth
CPL Best Books, Teen Fiction - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, School Library Journal*, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Artemisia Gentileschi, 17-year-old daughter of a mediocre Renaissance painter, assists her choleric father Orazio in his studio, mixing colors but, moreso, trying to save face for him by finishing paintings that he is incapable of completing. Remembering the stories of strong biblical women which her now-deceased mother
[STARRED REVIEW]
Artemisia Gentileschi, 17-year-old daughter of a mediocre Renaissance painter, assists her choleric father Orazio in his studio, mixing colors but, moreso, trying to save face for him by finishing paintings that he is incapable of completing. Remembering the stories of strong biblical women which her now-deceased mother recounted to her—stories meant to strengthen her womanly resolve in a society that valued only men—Artemisia is determined to be the painter her father will never be; thus, when her father hires Agostino Tassi (Tino) to teach her perspective, she is thrilled to have someone who can help her achieve new artistic heights. As she paints Susanna and the Elders, her relationship with Tino changes, and he finally seduces her. At first she is emboldened by his “love,” but, when she realizes that he has simply used her, she is determined to bring him to court in an effort to save her honor. Using free verse for Artemisia’s words and prose for her mother’s stories, McCullough’s beautifully crafted text will inspire upper-middle/high school readers to research the true story upon which this powerful piece of historical fiction is based. The poetry is clear and revelatory, exploring Artemisia’s passion for both art and life. The expression of her intense feelings is gripping and her complexity of character make her a force to be reckoned with, both in her times and in ours. VERDICT A thrilling portrait of a woman of character who refused to be dismissed; this belongs on every YA shelf.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence

Book Details

ISBN

9780735232112

First Release

April 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.5; Points: 9;

Lexile

Level HL740L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Dutton

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Violence, Strong sexual themes, Rape, Torture

Topics

Artemisia Gentileschi (1593–1652 or 1653), Novels in verse, Artists, Sex role, Rape, Rape trials, Renaissance Italy, History of Italy, 1559–1789,

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