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Dangerous Times (Nathan Fox #1)

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The Spymaster General has formed an intelligence network to ensure that England remains the mightiest super-power. He is always looking for brilliant new agents, and Nathan Fox has just caught his eye ... Nathan is a gifted actor in the same company as thespian and fledgling playwright, Will Shakespeare. Of gypsy descent, Nathan is a skilled acrobat and horseman, and picks ...more
Paperback, 307 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Fourteen year old Nathan Fox is a young actor and superb acrobat, who lives with his sister in Elizabethan London. Recruited by Her Majesty’s Spymaster General, Sir Francis Walsingham, Nathan leaves the theatre to start an exciting new life as an undercover agent. He is first sent to a school of defence where experts teach him the arts of spying needed to stay alive in the field. These arts include writing in secret codes, how to survive street fighting, accurate dagger throwing and sword fighti ...more
Title: Nathan Fox: Dangerous Times
Author: L Brittney
Year: 2007
ISBN: 0031236962X
Type: book
Genre: Historical Fiction; Adventure; Action
Length/Pages & Reading Level: 288 pages; middle school and up
Publisher/Studio name: Feiwel & Friends
Plot: This story is about Nathan Fox, a young boy who is part of an acting troupe in the Victorian era. Sir Francis Walsingham, England’s Spymaster General recruits Nathan to be a spy for England. Nathan is an acrobat, actor and picks up languages easily. He
Bri  Ahearn
Nathan Fox: Dangerous Times is the first in a new historical fiction series for young adults. The series opens with an introduction to Nathan Fox, an enterprising young actor in an acting company. Highly skilled in acrobatics, in horseback riding, and other skills for the stage, Nathan's recruited by Sir Francis Walsingham, England's Spymaster General.

The novel quickly becomes familiar with Shakespeare fans, as it takes on Othello 's characters and elements. I'll admit I've never read Othello in
A great blend of historical fiction and alternate Shakespeare? Nathan is a spy during the time when Queen Elizabeth has just beheaded Queen Mary of Scots and Spain is really mad. Nathan is paired up with another spy who needs to go to Venice to try and get them to come into an alliance with England against Spain. Who should they meet in Venice but Othello, the powerful general of the troops there and he has married Desdemona in secret to really make everyone mad. And that's just the back story! ...more
Clever book. Set amidst Burbage's theater with young Will Shakespeare and the intrigue of Elizabethan England with European politics a young actor, Nathan Fox is recruited to spy for Queen and country. Talented and sharp we follow Nathan's training and his first mission. He is to go with Othello to secure Crete for the Venetians, a ploy to secure Venetian support in the upcoming war with Spain- lots of history, action, politics and background on Othello. Nathan takes the tragic story of his esca ...more
Really quite clever. Nathan is in the same acting company as a young man named Will Shakespeare. When Nathan is recruited as a spy for England, he promises to bring back the story of his adventures to Will. And it doesn't take long before the characters become familiar: Othello, Desdemona, Iago, etc. What we get here is the story of Othello woven in with a 14-year-old spy's story. It may be more fun for those who know a bit about Shakespeare's plays, but frankly, I was rather relieved that I cou ...more
K.C. Rivers
A cute story about a boy who is trained to become a spy for the Queen of England. After growing up in the theater, he seems a natural for the task that awaits him. This particular adventure tells of his time spent with General Othello, a tale he later relates to his good friend, William Shakespeare. Altogether a fun read and a good way to get teenagers interested in Shakespeare's masterful tales.
Nathan Fox: Dangerous Times was a great read overall! I just didn't give it 5 stars because it had bits of boring pieces, but it is very enjoyable nonetheless.
Let me first say, i enjoyed this book greatly. An adventure story, going from one situation to the next and yet still all connected. I like to compare Nathan Fox to something like Artemis Fowl, at least the style of writing. The details and the drops of humor in situations, and good series moments, both series seem to have it.

Great adventure book set in Will Shakespeare's time, where a young actor is recruited to spy for England. He travels to France with another spy and encounters the adventures that parallel to the tale of Othello. Will definitely be reading the next one.
cross between the Shakespeare Stealer and Avi's Crispin and the Cross of Lead with a Musketeer thrown in
Its labeled as Young Adult - but its definitely a gr 6-8 read ( or a good gr 5)
Sep 27, 2011 Austin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: adventure
This was an okay book but nothing special. For a spy book it was quite boring and it was extremely slow at the beggining. Only the end of the book was interesting but the ending was bad.
Dec 13, 2012 April marked it as didnotfinish
It started out nicely and I enjoyed the characters but it felt as if the author was talking down to the reader. Probably just my reading of it but it lost its sparkle after that.
Katie Jane
Exciting first book in a promising series. Will definitely appeal to middle school boys. And does a good job of weaving the story of Othello into the tale.
Nicole Catherine
I read the introduction and was instantly assailed by anti-Catholic stuff. I closed the book, and I do not intend to open it again.
Lady Salford
Overall it was okay, but I honestly thought it would be better.
Myckaila Leach
This book is really good. It is full of adventure.
The whole ending was gripping. Great YA novel!
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Brittney is a former drama and theatre teacher. She has also taught Creative Writing at the University of Kent. The Nathan Fox books combine her love for both history and theatre. She lives in Axminster, Devon, where she is now a full-time writer. This is her first novel for children, (published January 2007 by Macmillan Children’s Books).

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