The True Prince by J.B. Cheaney

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Intrigue abounds both on and off the stage in this rollicking mystery set within Shakespeare’s theater company.
Kit Glover is London’s finest boy actor. Audiences flock to see him portray imperious queens and scheming noblewomen. But off the stage Kit’s manner is harder to make out. Now cool and disdainful, next fierce and angry, then madcap and bawdy–his personality changes so rapidly and so often that fellow actor Richard is unsure which is the real Kit, or if his true nature is something else again.
But Richard is certain of one thing: Kit is involved with some nefarious companions– much like young Prince Hal in Shakespeare’s latest play, Henry IV. And Richard suspects that these low companions are behind a series of crimes that could cost the company its good standing and could cost Kit his head.
And so, reluctantly, Richard allows himself to be drawn into the conspiracy to help his rival–this fascinating, infuriating, troubled prince of a boy, teetering on the brink of becoming either a king . . . or a criminal.

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About J.B. Cheaney

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J. B. Cheaney is the author of The Playmaker, also set amid the players of Shakespeare’s company.From the Hardcover edition.
Published March 10, 2009 by Yearling. 352 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In the meantime, the shows must go on and readers are treated to many details of Elizabethan theater: boys playing female characters, the staging of battle scenes, the midsummer plague season, Shakespeare’s rivals, and the behavior of theater audiences.

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Things only get thornier when Richard takes it upon himself to protect the company's newest apprentice, an enigmatic Welsh boy, and it appears that at least one of Richard's fellow actors is in cahoots with an outlaw, dubbed "the New Robin Hood" (popularized in ballads for tricking and robbing th...

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Since he first began his apprenticeship to a theatre company, a boy has had a combative relationship with the best boy player in London, and things only get thornier from there.

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