Men of Iron

by Howard Pyle

Exciting and Adventurous

5.0 rating
April 28, 2021

My 13-year-old son can’t put this book down! I assigned it as part of his daily reading for Language Arts and he often runs over time because he can’t put it down. The historical content in this book is also highly educational.

Dora Jacobs

Captivating Plot, Vivid Descriptions, and Complex Characters

5.0 rating
May 26, 2020

After reading Otto of the Silver Hand, I couldn’t wait to read more of Howard Pyle’s writing, so I immediately dived into Men of Iron. The plot is intricate and captivating, the descriptions are vivid, and the characters are complex. For the most part, I was able to tell what unfamiliar words from the time period meant from their context, but the glossary was useful when I couldn’t or wanted to double check I understood correctly. I loved reading this book, and I think it’s great that it’s integrated with the High School 2 Language Arts course. I know my children will enjoy reading it as much as I did.

Ann M.

Great for boys and girls who love the era of knighthood

5.0 rating
May 3, 2020

Men of Iron is a wonderful story of loyalty and integrity for boys and girls interested in the era of knighthood. Myles Farworth leaves his blind father to become a knight to restore his father’s honor. It is filled with fantastic literary devices that will capture the imagination of any who read it.

Linda L
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Level 11

From the remarkable author Howard Pyle, comes the one-hundred-year-old classic coming-of-ages story, Men of Iron. Set in the 13th-century era of knights and chivalry, this swashbuckling tale of adventure is filled with messages of honor, courage, and friendship.

Myles Falworth is only a boy when his family is forced into hiding in a small town, away from the castle-for his father, a blind nobleman, has powerful enemies. At sixteen, Myles is surprised with the news that he will suddenly re-enter the world of knights and castles when he is sent to the household of the Earl of Mackworth to serve as a squire. Cocky and stubborn at first, Myles learns some crucial lessons that lead him to value restraint and integrity, turning him into a pure-hearted, virtuous knight who seeks to restore his family’s honor.

198 pages

This book is integrated with the High School 2 Language Arts course.

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