Gabriel and the Hour Book by Evaleen Stein

Gabriel and the Hour Book

By Evaleen Stein
Level 7

This classic book, first published in 1906, is truly a treasure. The main character, Gabriel, is a young Norman boy of the Middle Ages who works at the abbey, helping Brother Stephen create a special illuminated book for the king’s future bride. This touching tale of friendship, faith, and kindness is so beautifully written, it is a pleasure to read. The story is engaging and should hold the attention of both old and young children. Evaleen Stein was a master at her craft, and this is my favorite of all her books. You can access this book for free on or

This book is integrated with The Good and the Beautiful Level 5 Language Arts Course.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region Europe
Period late 1400s
Genre Historical Fiction
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
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  • Gentle Favorite
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  • 4 Entertainment Value
  • 5 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 5 Literary Value
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