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The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
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Dec 22, 10

bookshelves: adventure, 5012, children-fiction, newbery-award-winner, orphans, rebecca-caudill-1989, runaways
Read in December, 2010

Young Jemmy, a rat catcher, has been swept from the dirty and grimy streets to be whipping boy for the young royal, Prince Brat. As the name, The Whipping Boy implies, young Jemmy takes the punishment whenever the young prince acts up...and acts up he does, frequently. When the prince decides to runaway, he enlists Jemmy's assistance and Jemmy sees it as a way to escape from this painful life. But, as they go on the adventure, more is at stake then freedom, it is also a vehicle for the boys to become friends and allies...a commodity that the young prince desperately needs.

In authentic Sid Fleishman style, The Whipping Boy is full of dark situations and colorful dialogue. The illustrations provided by Peter Sis are intricate and describe scenes with blatant accuracy. This Newbery Award Winning book is a classic for all ages and all time.
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