Shakespeare Stealer, The (Grade 8) Medievil Kit

Shakespeare Stealer, The (Grade 8) Medievil Kit

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Penguin Putnam
A delightful adveture full of humor and heart set in Elizabethan England!

Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand. His fearsome master has just one demand: steal Shakespeare's play "Hamlet"--or else. Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare's players perform. As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama.

* "A fast-moving historical novel that introduces an important era with casual familiarity." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Readers will find much to like in Widge, and plenty to enjoy in this gleeful romp through olde England" --Kirkus Reviews 

"Excels in the lively depictions of Elizabethan stagecraft and street life." --Publishers Weekly

An ALA Notable Book

Baker & Taylor
A young orphan boy is ordered by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of "Hamlet," but he discovers instead the meaning of friendship and loyalty.

& Taylor

When Widge the orphan is ordered by his demanding master to steal ShakespeareÆs play, he feels he has no choice but to obey and soon finds himself in the Globe Theatre searching for his treasure. An ALA Notable Book. Reprint.

Publisher: Puffin Books,
ISBN: 9780141305950


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Jun 13, 2017

I found myself comparing this book to The False Prince and found it lacking. Widge is likeable enough and he truly is on the horns of many a dilemma with the disadvantage of being an orphan and at the mercy of the adults who choose to take him in. The end was a bit anticlimactic. Overall a fun tale, but not as compelling as others I have read.

Sep 23, 2016

Widge is an orphan whose master wants him to make and steal a copy of Shakespeare's play Hamlet. Once in the theatre company Widge finally feels like he belongs somewhere but he is under ruthless orders to steal from his new friends. What will Widge do? if you love acting you will be swept up in Widge's story.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

1550s CE Britain. Set in Elizabethan England, a 14-year-old apprentice named Widge is sent by his master to infiltrate Shakespeare's acting troupe in order to steal the script of Hamlet for a rival theatre company. He soon discovers friendship, loyalty, and backstage intrigue. This is an exciting, fast-paced introduction to the era and the world of Shakespearean theatre.

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keslync123 Sep 05, 2013

keslync123 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 11

Apr 21, 2013

green_dog_2821 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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