Whipping Boy

Whipping Boy

Book Information

Action / Adventure
Greenwillow, 1986
Good for Reluctant Readers?

Young Jemmy has a job. He takes all the whippings that belong to the royal heir, Prince Brat. Then, Jemmy decides he's not going to stay for anymore whippings; instead, he's going to escape. But his plans are foiled when the Prince himself decides to fly the coop and takes Jemmy along for the ride. This is action and humor-packed adventure. This is the 1987 Newbery Medal winner.

96 pages 978-0060521226 Ages 8-12

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

Keywords: action/adventure, prince, humor, Newbery Medal, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old **************

Award-winning author Sid Fleischman blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel, winner of the Newbery Medal. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It’s a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.---from the publisher

Other reviews:

A Prince and a Pauper . . . Prince Brat and his whipping boy inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like each other. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other. "A rollicking tale of adventure and mistaken identity . . . . Robust scenes and characters are vividly evoked."—Kirkus Reviews

This briskly told tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, was named an ALA Notable Book. Sid Fleischman's celebrated novel features brief, action-packed chapters and includes black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Peter Sís. "An 18th century tale about the escapades of a resourceful orphan and a spoiled young prince. . . . Full of adventure, suspense, humor, and lively characters."—The New York Times

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