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by Jamie Pacton


Moxie meets A Knight’s Tale as Kit Sweetly slays sexism, bad bosses, and bad luck to become a knight at a medieval-themed restaurant.

Working as a wench—i.e. waitress—at a cheesy medieval-themed restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, Kit Sweetly dreams of being a knight like her brother. She has the moves, is capable on a horse, and desperately needs the raise that comes with knighthood, so she can help her mom pay the mortgage and hold a spot at her dream college.

But company policy allows only guys to be knights. So when Kit takes her brother’s place and reveals her identity at the end of the show, she rockets to internet fame and a whole lot of trouble with the management. The Girl Knight won’t go down without a fight, though. As other wenches join her quest, a protest forms, and in a joust before Castle executives, they’ll have to prove that gender restrictions should stay medieval—if they don’t get fired first.

Jamie Pacton grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee. She adores architecture, gardens, art museums, beaches, cake, and whiskey. She even kind-of likes getting stuck in airports if she has a good book. Currently, she lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, their two kids, and a dog named Lego. Find her on Twitter @JamiePacton.

Praise for The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly:

“Overall, this novel is a strong voice for feminism and workplace equality. Fans of Rainbow Rowell will appreciate the relatable characters and a cause to root for.” —School Library Journal

“A rousing, funny, feminist workplace fantasy that also takes a frank look at modern poverty.” —Kirkus

“Debut author Pacton has a light touch, deftly balancing details of the real Middle Ages and the fake Castle version, and setting up Kit’s feminist battle with the higher-ups through the teen’s entertaining first-person narrative. The long-simmering attraction between Kit and her handsome friend Jett feels unsurprising, but Kit’s determination is handled well, as is her connection to friends and family.” —Publishers Weekly

“The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly, Jamie Pacton’s pitch-perfect debut novel, has nerves of steel beneath its mischievous exterior…The world of the Palace is vibrant and expertly realized, with a cast of finely honed characters who support Kit, throw obstacles in her path and even infuse the novel with a sweet touch of romance. A fantastic blend of frankness, feminism and pure fun, The Life and Medieval Times of Kit Sweetly will appeal to anyone who has ever felt called to do more than is expected of them.” —BookPage

“The many layers of [Kit’s] life made this book so engrossing. And the wonderful (and very diverse) cast of supporting characters made this such a great workplace story, too. Kit is a badass, not just because she wants to smash the patriarchy, but because she’s juggling so much in just her day-to-day life. A great read that deserves lots of attention.” —School Library Journal, “Teen Librarian Toolbox”

“A smart, fun, feminist romp with lots and lots of heart. You’ll be cheering for Kit Sweetly all the way on her quest to be seen and heard as she is.” —Brittany Cavallaro, New York Times bestselling author of A Study in Charlotte

“The perfect read for every girl who’s been told she can’t, and shows them all that she will. This fun and feminist book stole my heart from the first page.” —Sonia Hartl, author of Have a Little Faith in Me

“For anyone who’s ever had a roadblock to their dreams. A funny, fierce, inclusive story that will leave you feeling ready to draw your own sword and ride into battle. Kit is my champion!” —M.K. England, author of The Disasters and Spellhacker

“Full of high-octane sass, girl-power, quirky historical tidbits, and just the right amount of delicious romance. A fun, page-turning delight.” —Joy Preble, Brazos Bookstore

“The story of a girl who wants more for her family, friends, and herself regardless of what the rules, or corporate, says. Hilarious and heartfelt, Jamie Pacton’s debut is not to be missed.” —Mike Lasagna, The Barking Goose Bookstore

“As a former serving wench, I can confirm this book is accurate. As a current bookseller, I can confirm this book is AMAZING. Kit is the heroine we all need—smart, tenacious, fiercely feminist, and ready to do whatever it takes to see her dreams of medieval-equality be achieved. The perfect book for fans of Moxie and medieval history alike, this is a must-read for everyone who ever dreamed of wielding a sword and jousting into the sunset.” —Amanda Quain, One More Page Books

“Curl up with a blanket and some cocoa, for reading this book in one sitting is certain to be a knight to remember.” —Rachel Strolle, Teen Services Coordinator, Glenside Public Library District

“This mix of workplace comedy, working class struggle, and gender equality activism is sure to please YA fans, whether or not you’ve ever picked up a sword or ridden a horse.” —Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop

“A sharp comedy and a poignant, unflinching portrayal of the working poor that will have you laughing one moment and determined to change the world the next. You won’t be able to put it down until you see if this Lady Knight comes out on top.” —Melissa Poston, The Novel Neighbor