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The author of the book: Gary L. Blackwood
Date of issue: July 1st 2000
ISBN 13: 9783423705950
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 39.47 MB
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I listened to the Audible edition of 'The Shakespeare Stealer' with my oldest daughter on a recent trip. It was the last of the books that she needed to read to complete her school's summer reading list for the year. It was also one that I hadn't read before, so it was new to both of us.
While I usually enjoy reading the classic children's stories, this one just didn't hold much appeal for me. Honestly, it was kind of a tedious listening experience for both of us. We both kept losing interest. There just wasn't a feeling of anticipation at any point in this story for us.
The story is about a young boy, Widge. He is a servant and is trained to write in shorthand. When he is sold to a new master, he finds himself facing a big ethical dilemma.
Widge's new master owns a theatre company. He wants to make use of Widge's shorthand skills in order to steal the script for a new production being put on by a rival company, the Globe Theatre. Widge's assignment is to attend the performances and copy down the script, returning it to his master. The production is Shakespeare's newest play, 'Hamlet'.
One thing leads to another and Widge is taken in by the Globe Theatre company. He makes new friends and grows quite fond of their varied personalities. He is treated as an equal, and a person, for the first time in his life.
Meanwhile, Widge's secret haunts him. He no longer wants to betray the people he's grown to care for and he wants to escape his life of servitude. At the same time, he is playing a cat and mouse game with his master, who expects him to produce the script that he was sent to steal.
When the truth eventually comes to light, Widge learns a lot about "family" and "friendship". His loyalties are tested and he must make a decision between doing what is expected of him and doing what he knows is right.
Despite being a rather flat read for us, I can see why this book was recommended reading for my fifth grade daughter. It is a coming of age story with many life lessons sprinkled in. It also does a wonderful job of depicting that era in London, exploring issues of social class and providing a glimpse into that timeframe. That did prompt several discussions and explanations related to the meaning of different words and situations.
Overall, it was an "okay" story. I can't ignore the historical insight that this book provided, or the important moral lessons. However, I'd be lying if I said that it was an entertaining read. It was mostly dull. Despite the numerous awards that this book has won, I couldn't bring myself to love it.
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Read information about the authorHe grew up in rural Cochranton, Western Pennsylvania. He attended school in a one room schoolhouse. He graduated with a B.A. in English from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. While a college student, Blackwood published his first short story, Cliffs of Gold, in Twelve/ Fifteen magazine. Blackwood's first book was The Lion and the Unicorn, which he published when he was nineteen. Blackwood sets his tale of theatrical intrigue against the backdrop of Elizabethan London in 1601. With careful attention to details of the time, the author re-creates a swashbuckling world where men duel with swords if their honor is questioned, where females disguise themselves as males if they want a life on the theater stage, and where servants do not question the word of their masters.
He has sold dozens of stories to children's magazines, and has published twenty-one novels for young adults and middle readers. Over the years, he has traveled all over the country, spreading his stories and answering the questions of young readers about his books.
Blackwood has also written half a dozen plays. His plays have been produced in regional and universities theatres.
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