Shakespeare's Scribe

Shakespeare's Scribe

by Gary Blackwood

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When an outbreak of the deadly Black Plague closes the Globe Theatre, William Shakespeare's acting troupe sets off on a tour of England. Widge, the orphan-turned-actor, knows that he'll be useful on the trip. Not only does he love the stage, but his knack for a unique shorthand has proven him one of the most valuable apprentices in the troupe. But then a mysterious man appears, claiming to know a secret from Widge's past-a secret that may forever force him from the theatre he loves.

"An exciting, well-written tale that is sure to leave [readers] clamoring for more." (School Library Journal, starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101563496
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 02/18/2002
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 923,402
Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
File size: 472 KB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gary L. Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen, and has been writing and publishing stories, articles, plays, novels, and nonfiction books regularly ever since. His stage plays have won awards and been produced in university and regional theatre. Nonfiction subjects he's covered include biography, history, and paranormal phenomena. His juvenile novels, which include WILD TIMOTHY, THE DYING SUN, and THE SHAKESPEARE STEALER, are set in a wide range of times and places, from Elizabethan England to a parallel universe. Several have received special recognition and been translated into other languages. He and his wife and kids live outside Carthage, MO.

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Shakespeare's Scribe 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i read the other two books in this series and they were wonderful as well, normally i don't read very many historical-type books, but these are definetly an excpetion! the characters are well developed and the plot has just the right amount of suspense and action...
Guest More than 1 year ago
My teacher told me to read The Shakespeare Stealer and it was great. When I found out there was a sequel, I immediately went to the library and got it. This book was wonder, better than the first one by a whole lot! I would recommened this book to peole who won't be too grossed out if someone died, and for some people that enjoys sad-near-the-end but ending is good books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the Shakespeare Stealer, so I was thrilled when I found out there was a sequel to it, so I could find out what would become of Widge. Gary Blackwood brought me onto the stage of an Elizabethan theater, along with Widge, and I found myself wanting to be a player, just like Widge! I could really relate to all the characters, and whenever Widge was happy or sad, I felt the same way. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes a great end to the story of Widge that began in the Shakespeare Stealer. I enjoyed how both books brought you onto the Elizabethan stage, and they both made me want to be a player like Widge! I niver lost interest in the plot of either book, and was thrilled to find out about this sequel to the Shakespeare Stealer so I could find out what became of Widge. All of the characters seemed so real to me. I could really relate to the characters and the players; when Widge felt happy or sad, so did I. I had a lot of fun reading these two excellent novels by Gary Blackwood.
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HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Widge is a fifteen-year-old orphan boy who has become an apprentice actor in William Shakespeare’s troupe, known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men. It is the summer of 1602, and the bubonic plague is rearing its ugly head. Theaters in London are closed down, so Widge goes on the road with the rest of the company, except for his best friend Alexander (Sander) Cooke, who stays behind. When they get to York, Widge visits the orphanage where he was raised and learns a little more about his mother. He also finds a man named Jamie Redshaw who gives some evidence of possibly being his father and begins travelling with the players. Will Shakespeare breaks his arm, and Widge, with his ability to write in shorthand which was taught to him by one of his previous masters, Dr. Timothy Bright, can easily take dictation while Shakespeare strives to continue writing plays. However, a number of strange things start to happen, and they all seem to revolve around Jamie Redshaw. Is he really Widge’s father or not? Also, a new apprentice, Salathiel Pavy, seems to be trying to take away many of the roles which Widge has done. Can Widge remain with the troupe, or will he be replaced? And when Widge returns to London, he finds that Sander has disappeared. What has happened to his friend? Shakespeare's Scribe is a sequel to Blackwell’s The Shakespeare Stealer, which introduced Widge as a boy hired to steal a play by Shakespeare by copying it down in shorthand who then ends up joining the company. I enjoyed The Shakespeare Stealer, so I thought that I would read the sequel. It gives a good view for young people of what life was like in early seventeenth-century England. A few language issues occur, with a couple of instances of the “d” word and some places where the term “Lord” is used as an interjection. The usual excuse for including such things is to make the plot more “realistic,” but for the life of me I really can’t understand some writers’ compulsion to do such things in a children’s book. A number of references to drinking beer, ale, and brandy are found, and there is a somewhat crude joke involving a person’s “bum.” Some parents may also question the age appropriateness of including the fact that Shakespeare’s brother Edmund (Ned) left his previous residence to join the company because he had “gotten a prominent landowner’s daughter with child.” And, of course, it turns out that Widge’s mother was unwed. It is a somewhat mixed bag, but for the most part the story is quite interesting, although I would recommend it primarily for those on the older end of the suggested reading level. There is now a third book in the series, Shakespeare's Spy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was way better than the first book. I absolutly loved it. It has everything a great book needs, Shakespeare, the plague, death, a hint of love, the finding of a lost family member, loosing someone special, lies, ect.... This book was wonderfully writen. I loved every part of it, with the exception of the death of Sander. The author didn't spend enough time on it. When I was reading it and learned he was alive then in a matter of sentences he was dead. Then the burial was over and there was not much more to be said on the matter. It was very sad. In my opinion it was much better than the first.... I would recomend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow, this book is amazing. i mean, who wouldn't like this book? its wayyy better than the first one. and i thought the first one rocked. so yea deffinitly read it!!! oh and there's a third one too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was way better than the the first one! It was much funnier and Shakespeare was in it much more. This book rocks I mean what's not to love a boy, a play, England, and Shakespeare all rolled into one! This is a must read. I liked it so much I even gave the whole serise to my teacher.