Shakespeare's Spyby Gary Blackwood
Things are disappearing mysteriously from Will Shakespeare's acting company, and it looks like an inside job. Everyone's eyes are on Widge, the orphan boy turned actor, and former thief. Widge knows better than anyone that Shakespeare's plays must be protected at all costs. In order to prove his innocence and clear his name, Widge must learn a new role: spy. But can he dig through the suspects and skulduggery and catch the true culprit?
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Gary L. Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen, and has been writing and publishing stories, articles, plays, novels, and nonfiction books regularly ever since. His stage plays have won awards and been produced in university and regional theatre. Nonfiction subjects he's covered include biography, history, and paranormal phenomena. His juvenile novels, which include WILD TIMOTHY, THE DYING SUN, and THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER, are set in a wide range of times and places, from Elizabethan England to a parallel universe. Several have received special recognition and been translated into other languages. He and his wife and kids live outside Carthage, MO.
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A theif steals scripts and costumes from The Lord Chamberlain's Men. A young boy falls hoplessly in love. This boy must prove himself innosent, for he is the prime suspect. Widge, an apprentice to the players, learns how to deal with growing up in this tale of suspicion and love. He overcomes the taunts of fellow apprentices as his voice cracks, the shareholder's suspicions that he is a theif, and the pain of young love. Towards the beginning of our tale, Widge and his friends visit a fortune teller with a knack for being correct in unexpected ways. The fortunes seem to come true quite often towards the end of the book. Though the fortune teller seems a little out of context for a book about Shakespeare, I loved it. This book is great for any person who likes historical fiction, and it teaches a lot about Shakespeare and the period of time he lived in.