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ISBN13: 9780142300664
ISBN10: 0142300667
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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)


When an outbreak of the deadly plague closes the Globe Theater, Shakespeare's acting troupe sets off on a tour of England--and finds some real drama long the way.

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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cartercrabb, March 7, 2013 (view all comments by cartercrabb)
Shakespeare’s Scribe
Shakespeare’s Scribe is a book that I would not recommend to anyone because they’ll get bored out of their mind! It is a book that is not very amusing; in fact, I would have rather read Twilight! However there where some good things about the story: the characters are well developed, the historical accuracy is mostly true, and I experienced many different places as the characters traveled the world together in an acting troupe.
The story begins with the main character, named Widge. Widge is an orphan in an acting company led by Shakespeare. He transcribes the playwright’s words, while trying to find the meaning of his own life. Later in the story, his “father,” Jamie Redshaw, appears; however, he turns out not to be his real father, but instead, a gambler, a thief, and an expert dueler. They develop some sort of a relationship, but Widge never finds what he’s looking for.
The story is very slow as is the character development. The description makes the story seem real but the storyline is lacking, and it didn’t grab me in like many other books have. The dialogue is extremely hard to understand because of the era in which the story takes place. Overall this story was not the type of book I would normally read, so I didn’t really enjoy it. I give this book a rating of 2 out of 5.

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Calvin, March 6, 2013 (view all comments by Calvin)
I think this is a great pick up and read book, but not one of those books that wanted me to keep reading but still enjoyed it at the same time.
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shakespeare, March 5, 2013 (view all comments by shakespeare)
Sto the Shakspheare Stealer. 14 year old Widge of Chaberlan's Men, must go on a traveling show do to the blackdeath. Now Widge finds a strange man claiming to be his father. Is this man Widges father?. Will this new kid replace Widge? Will thou be successful or die of the pluage?
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Product Details

Blackwood, Gary L.
Puffin Books
Blackwood, Gary L.
New York
Great britain
Action & Adventure
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Historical - Europe
Actors and actresses
Action & Adventure - General
Shakespeare, William
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Shakespeare Stealer
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
7.94x5.04x.72 in. .47 lbs.
Age Level:

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