Shakespeare's Spy

Shakespeare's Spy

by Gary Blackwood

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Intrigue, betrayal, and romance surround Widge as we find him back in London and at the center of things, as usual. Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare's patron, has died, but the new king and his queen love drama-on stage and off. Shakespeare has begun a new play about political intrigue, but real intrigue is close at hand. Someone is stealing from the company, and Shakespeare's scripts must be guarded at all costs-including the one he has given up on and turned over to Widge to finish. Widge finds the glory of being a playwright appealing, especially when there's a pretty girl to impress. But spying is even more exciting!

Readers swept up in the first two adventures about Widge and Shakespeare's players will be enthralled yet again by this third tale with its dramatic twists and turns and an ending worthy of the Bard himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101562772
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/21/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 924,338
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
File size: 341 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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Intriguing. . . . A fast-paced tale of Elizabethan England that fans of the earlier novels will love. (School Library Journal)

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Shakespeare's Spy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As one of the prentices in the Chamberlain's Men, Widge has plenty to worry about: the plague, Queen Elizabeth's health and what that means for the future of theater in England, and the competition between his company (Shakespeare's company) and the Admiral's Men.Like the other books in the series, Shakespeare's Spy is rife with historical details and definitely well-researched. I recognized both historical fact and surmise related to Shakespeare that I first learned in college classes, and it was fun to see Blackwood's take on it. Though Widge is a really fun character, I was often frustrated with the loose plot in which the most interesting elements were loose ends tied up from the previous two books. I never felt fully invested in what was happening, and things happened in such a meandering manner that I wasn't made to feel any tension either.
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A theif steals scripts and costumes from The Lord Chamberlain's Men. A young boy falls hoplessly in love. This boy must prove himself innosent, for he is the prime suspect. Widge, an apprentice to the players, learns how to deal with growing up in this tale of suspicion and love. He overcomes the taunts of fellow apprentices as his voice cracks, the shareholder's suspicions that he is a theif, and the pain of young love. Towards the beginning of our tale, Widge and his friends visit a fortune teller with a knack for being correct in unexpected ways. The fortunes seem to come true quite often towards the end of the book. Though the fortune teller seems a little out of context for a book about Shakespeare, I loved it. This book is great for any person who likes historical fiction, and it teaches a lot about Shakespeare and the period of time he lived in.