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The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
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Apr 01, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-lit
Read in April, 2012

Prince "Brat" (as he is nicknamed) is a terror, but cannot be touched. Instead, his guards grabbed Jemmy off the streets to be his whipping boy. Jemmy gets beaten for all of Brat's bad choices. Brat decides to run away and forces Jemmy to go with him. They get detained by robbers. I love that Brat is illiterate due to his behavior with his royal tutors and Jemmy (the street urchin) is educated because he was required to be on hand during the Prince's lessons in order to receive his beatings. This plays a major role in the plot. It's an adventure/change of heart story where Jemmy is coming up with strategies to escape and coming to seeing Brat as his friend while Brat is finally having his eyes open to things his title had not allowed him to realize. Ultimately they save each other. It has some fun twists and turns.

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