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The Shakespeare Stealer Series (The Shakespeare Stealer #1-3)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  153 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The three novels in Gary Blackwood's award-winning Shakespeare Stealer series are now available in this affordably priced and handsome hardcover omnibus volume, which includes the complete texts of The Shakespeare Stealer, Shakespeare's Scribe, and Shakespeare's Spy. Fans can immerse themselves in orphan-turned-actor Widge's adventures with Will Shakespeare's acting troupe ...more
Hardcover, 762 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Dutton Childrens Books
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Lorraine Montgomery
Jul 25, 2014 Lorraine Montgomery rated it really liked it
A great way to introduce kids to Shakespeare and the exciting and dangerous times of Elizabethan England is to offer them well-written, exciting, adventures involving a young orphan thief who is sent by his master to steal from Will Shakespeare and company. Gary Blackwood has written a trilogy of stories involving 14-year-old Widge, an indentured servant in the beginning who has been taught shorthand by a former master and is now called upon to use this skill to copy Hamlet for a rival theatre g ...more
Aug 27, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this book because you became part of the book. The book not only told a story about someone with split loyalties, but yours were split as well. You do not know whether you want Widge to carry out his previous master's orders or to become an actor.

I also enjoyed the last passage because I think it is very meaningful:
Though I hadn't quite learned a new language, as Julia was doing, I felt almost as though I had. For every ken and wis and aye I had dropped from my v
Danielle Reily
Apr 08, 2015 Danielle Reily rated it liked it
I found this trilogy at a library sale for three dollars, I didn't read a lot of it, it said Shakespeare so I took a risk. I didn't realize until I looked through it that it was a young adult book. I actually really enjoy ready young adult literature, and it's a time period I enjoy reading about, so I was very interested in this book.
I liked the premise of the story, the characters were interesting and I felt that they were realistic. I liked the book, but I didn't love it. The storylines were
The Shakespeare Stealer trilogy by Gary Blackwood is a lot of fun. Widge is an orphan living in Shakespearian England, and his skill at shorthand gets him thrown in with the company of actors that does their thing at the Globe theatre (I’ve been there, whoo!). Various adventures ensue, with Widge ultimately becoming a full-fledged member of the company and a burgeoning playwright. The cast of actors at the Globe are quite likeable, Shakespeare himself was fun to see, and Widge, with his endearin ...more
Holly S.
Feb 26, 2011 Holly S. rated it really liked it
This was so much fun to read. As a Shakespeare fan, I loved learning about Elizabethan theatre and the genesis of the Bard's works from a fresh perspective. A quick read and definitely worth the investment of all three books. It's refreshing to read some quality YA lit that has absolutely nothing to do with vampires or spoiled teenagers in Manhattan. Well played, Gary Blackwood. Pun fully intended.
Feb 23, 2008 Schnuckiputzi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, alt-history
Interesting look at theater in Shakespeare's time. It would be a nightmare having only your lines and trying to perform smoothly with all the other characters.
Nov 03, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Great little series! I love Widge! Blackwood really does a great job creating the feel of the time period.
Jul 16, 2010 Kimberley rated it really liked it
Great book for young adults. Could be a great segway in to an otherwise routine unit on Shakespeare. Loved the characters, especially Widge and Julia.
Feb 10, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was ok
I don't really care for books that take place in this time of history so I put it down half way through.
Nov 09, 2011 Kevin rated it liked it
Pretty good read. Not too heavy and I cared about the charactors until the end. Early teen or tween.
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This is my Harry Potter. This is my Lord of the Rings.
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He grew up in rural Cochranton, Western Pennsylvania. He attended school in a one room schoolhouse. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. While a college student, Blackwood published his first short story, Cliffs of Gold, in Twelve/ Fifteen magazine. Blackwood's first book was The Lion and the Unicorn, which he published when he was nineteen. Blackwood sets h ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Shakespeare Stealer (3 books)
  • The Shakespeare Stealer (Shakespeare Stealer, #1)
  • Shakespeare's Scribe (Shakespeare Stealer, #2)
  • Shakespeare's Spy (Shakespeare Stealer, #3)

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