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The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
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Oct 28, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: juv, newbery, historical-fiction

Chapter book - historical fiction
Newbery Medal
For grades 3-7

Jemmy is Prince Brat's whipping boy, taking any punishment due to the prince, until the prince decides to run away, taking Jemmy with him and leading them into a series of adventures with notorious outlaws.

This tale is told with plenty of humor and adventure, in an entertaining style that suits the content. Prince Brat and Jemmy begin the story as contrasting characters, but develop a believable affinity as they run from castle, outlaws, soldiers and sewers. The chapters are short and packed with action, as well as enough emotional content to make the story satisfying. The madcap vocabulary and Peter Sis' illustrations add more spice to the story. This would make a great read-aloud, and the boys' escapades, as well as the book's brevity, will make the story appealing to reluctant readers.

The Publisher's Weekly review relies heavily on plot summary and description. School Library Journal gives a better sense of the book's strengths and appeal, while still summarizing the action, and offers read-alike suggestions.
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Reading Progress

October 28, 2008 – Shelved
October 28, 2008 – Shelved as: juv
October 28, 2008 – Shelved as: newbery
October 29, 2008 –
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Started Reading
November 1, 2008 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
November 1, 2008 – Finished Reading

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