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)
 

About Gary Blackwood

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Gary Blackwood is the author of a number of books for young readers. They include The Shakespeare Stealer and Shakespeare's Scribe, the first two award-winning novels about Widge, and, most recently, The Year of the Hangman.
 
Published February 18, 2002 by Puffin Books. 168 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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for the will of the company outweighs the will of Will, will he or nil he .

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Widge mentions square city blocks, describes his dinner kept warm on the back of the stove and notes that a man wounded in a duel had recovered in a hospital--this in an age of unplanned cities, meals cooked over open fires and hospitals that were for terminally ill paupers.

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This tale of a 14-year-old Yorkshire orphan sent by a rival theater manager to steal the as-yet-unpublished Hamlet in 1601 London ""excels in the lively depictions of Elizabethan stagecraft and street life,"" wrote PW.

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In the third book in the Shakespeare Stealer series, Shakespeare's Spy by Gary Blackwood, the past seems inescapable for young theater apprentice Widge.

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