Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
By Katherine Marsh
Hyperion, 2012. 369 pgs. Young Adult Historical Fiction
Jepp is a teenage dwarf living in the 1500's. His early childhood is spent in a small village but he soon finds himself entertaining in a royal court and discovers that life can be very cruel. Through all of his struggles he misses his mother and wishes he knew the identity of his father. This quest eventually sends him all over Europe. Jepp spends much of his time trying to decide if our fate is predetermined by the stars or if we can decide our own destiny.
Jepp is a very likeable character and I just really wanted his life to turn out well. There are several historical figures that play a role in this story and it is interesting to see a different side of court life. I was a little surprised that this was a Young Adult novel, not that there was anything objectionable in the story, just that the writing style and topics seem like they would appeal more to adults.