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Shakespeare's Spy (The Shakespeare Stealer #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  780 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by Puffin Books (first published October 13th 2003)
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Apr 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
"So it was the thing I had feared the most-more than the death of the queen, more than the plague itself-had come to pass." P. 195 This is how that main character, Widge, feels when he is accused of stealing costumes from his own acting company, The Lord Chamberlain's Men. This book Shakespeare's Spy of the sequal to Shakespeare's Stealer and Shakespeare's Scribe by Gary Blackwood. Widge is a boy of about twelve who finds himself in the most well-known acting troupe in all of London in the 1600 ...more
Felicia Granberg
Great storyline

Ties in to real world events and astonishes you that the things in the book once happened in real life
Lee (Rally the Readers)
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3.5 Stars

After finding Shakespeare's Scribe , the middle book in this series, a bit of a letdown compared to the previous book, The Shakespeare Stealer , I began reading this with a little hesitance. I felt that neither the story nor the characters from the first book advanced very far in the sequel. My fondness for The Shakespeare Stealer, which was a delightful read, is what motivated me to finish out the series. While I still think that The Shakespeare Steal
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
A little baffled by this last book. Not sure completely how I feel about it for an ending. Things aren't all wrapped up nicely with a bow on it, but I think that's okay. I feel like for every good thing that happened to Widge something really bad was around the corner to knock him back down. Especially after the first book. Feels like the bad might outweigh the good overall for him.

At least, when it comes to his relationships with other people. I'm still not over how fast a character's death we
Selena (Life of a Random)
Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

I have really mixed feelings about this book. There were things I loved about it and things that made me kinda hate it.

Here are my feelings in the form of lists ;) :
1. I loved how the author incorporated life lessons in the story. Like how it's inevitable that we will stumble and lose our way in life. That's the way life goes, and..maybe we should be okay with that. (I also loved the life equals a play analogies)

2. I empathized so much with Widge (the MC) as he went thro
Jun 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
In this third book of the series, the author is back to lively writing and entertaining storytelling. (The second volume was a slow starter.)
Times were hard for theater people in London in 1603, and the plague continued to endanger lives. Widge tries to solve a mystery of stolen costumes, meets Will Shakespeare's daughter, and with Shakespeare's help, also tries his hand at writing a play -- acquiring a new name in the process!
Small references to events in the previous two books -- The Shakes
Jul 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
OK, I know I'm a Shakespeare nerd and everything, but this book was WAY FUN! It's a young adult novel, which makes it a quick read (about three hours total), and the characters are both believable and intriguing. I love how Widge "discovers" he's going to be a playwright, and how Shakespeare helps him out. Blackwood has reached a nice combination of his own creations and historical figures. I especially appreciated the notes he gave at the end, which proved that even his somewhat "minor" charact ...more
Jun 13, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who like Historical Fiction and Shakespeare
Recommended to Monica by: Me
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Britney Burns
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Overall I thought the book,"Shakespeare's Spy" was not that bad. I enjoyed the mystery of trying to find who was stealing Shakespeare plays and props, and I was so surprised to find out who it was. I also enjoyed learning about Widge (the main character) and his friends in his theater company. Although in the beginning of the story it did start off a bit slow for me but towards the middle it began to get good. I think I enjoyed this book because I like to read mystery books and solveing situatio ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I honestly thought the book was uninteresting, but it had some sort of action and interesting plot turns. The book is about a boy named Widge and how he comes to be a playwright. But throughout the book, there are various plot turns which drew my attention away from the uninteresting parts of the book such as when somebody dies. Widge, as a growing playwright in the industry, decides to create a play of his own, which I think is one of the moreover positive areas of the story. Shakespeare's Spy ...more
Jul 01, 2010 rated it liked it
By far the best of the series, this is a fun book that does a nice job of seamlessly mixing fact and fiction. Finishing it, I realized this was the first book of the series that really felt like it took place in Elizabethan England, and more importantly, it’s the best plot of the bunch. This is a coming-of-age story, and it finished off the series on a strong note. One caveat: Knowing more about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era definitely helped me enjoy this book - there were a couple of spo ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it
For what it's worth this book was quite good. It was entertaining and had a nice twisty little plot. The life of the stage was nicely described and felt quite real. The main character was nice - quite pleasant, but not perfect. He fell in love disgustingly and was foolishly blind to his beloved's glaring flaws. The attempts to reproduce dialect speech were a bit off-putting at the beginning, but I got used to them. I appreciated especially the way the plot was so fantastical in places that it se ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shakespeare’s Spy – the third and last of the The Shakepeare Stealer series – is so much fun to read. A very quick and easy read for young readers who would like to slowly introduce themselves to world of Shakespeare, this book is a sure way to get hooked to the real hard core Shakespeare.

I just loved Widge! He is a typical simple boy whose shrewd (in the positive sense) ways will surely bring him to heights of ambition – places that he perhaps never even dreamed of for himself. I give credit t
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nerd, young-adult, 2009
The final book (I guess?) of the Shakespeare Stealer series finds Widge falling in love with Judith Shakespeare, hiding a Catholic priest, writing his own play--which becomes Timon of Athens--and finding his own name.

A little anvil-ly with the fortune teller and Julia's return, but a fair end to the series. If it hadn't had my boyfriend Shakespeare in the periphery, it would have lost a star.
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book start to finish. I could hardly put it down.

There's a spy in the Lord Chamberlain's Men. Someone is stealing from them. Widge guesses it to be everyone except the actual culprit.

This book series is so amazing for all of the actual history weaved into it. This book had the hunting of Catholic priests.

The only let down for me is the return and then leaving of Julia again, but I'm going to pretend she comes back for Widge.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
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Sophie Hooper
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
A bit more mystery in this the final book. Widge has some self discovery in this book. Secrets are revealed. I thought it a pretty good book until the very end. The ending seemed a bit abrupt and not well resolved to me. Like some of Shakespeare's plays it seemed to need a bit more work or refinement, but not bad.
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
This is another one of Gary Blackwood's masterpieces! It was very interesting and well-written; I found myself not wanting to put it down! This was possibly the saddest book of the series, but it also had a lot of suspense, thus accounting for the not-wanting-to-put-the-book-down. A very good read, and a great book from a great author!
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An interesting and catching mystery... Countless valuable things are mysteriously vanishing from Will Shakespeare's acting company and poor Widge is in one of the suspects. To prove his innocence, he decides to become a spy. However, he encounters many problems on the way... A wonderful story... it made me wonder what will happen next all the time. It was very hard to put down the book:)
Catherine Jaime
Dec 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
There are several topics that I will read almost anything I can get my hands on, and Shakespeare is high on that list. This series of young adult books is very well written, and was a fun break from the serious, heavier reading I usually do. I read every one of the books in the series that I could find. They were well researched and well written.
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
One of the few histrical fiction books that has captured him favortism. I would read this book again soooo many times, if I could find it again! I reccomend it to any shakespeare lover or to any child in middle school who wants a good book to read.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
The final of three books by Blackwood set in Shakespeare's London. Enjoyed the whole series laced with historical facts and language. Told from the point of view of a boy who grows into a young man facing an uncertain future in the theatre. All three are engaging stories!
Liz Bernardo
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This final installment to Blackwood's trilogy is worth the read for the Julia storyline. The Judith story and primary romance in the novel was boring and, quite frankly, pointless, but the novel is still worth the read!
Carrie Felton
i still liked the premise of this one but not so much the plot. it might just be that I like to think of Shakespeare as fairly honest even though I know it was unlikely, but i didnt particularly care for the spying
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Even though this was my least favorite of the three, I still REALLY liked it.

I gave all three books 4 stars.

Gary Blackwood does such a wonderful job making Shakespeare and history engaging and interesting AND easy to read.
Jul 30, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: y
The last in the trilogy by Blackwood. Now the series is available as a collection and even at reduced prices. Recommended as a fun way to introduce Shakespeare and late Victorian, early Jacobean England.
Jennie Dhanagom
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-time-faves
A wonderful end to the trilogy, never losing its believe-ability, or its intrigue. The author does a marvelous job relaying the feelings of the main character, so that by the end of the book, you've come to care for the characters far more than you would have expected.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Not the best of the series, but still really good. A compelling narrative and characters.
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: katies-favorites
I like his book. It's a good finisher for the series. The one thing I didn't like was the ending. It was good but I would of had it end differently but that's souly a matter of opinion.
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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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“I hurried after Sam, calling, "You might wait for us!" The last word, though it was but one syllable, covered two octaves, for my voice broke, as it had been doing lately with alarming frequency.
Sam turned back with a mischievous grin on his face. "Was that your voice cracking, or were you attempting to yodel?”
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