The Whipping Boy

The Whipping Boy

Book - 1986
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Award-winning author Sid Fleischman blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel, winner of the Newbery Medal.

A Prince and a Pauper . . . Prince Brat and his whipping boy inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like each other. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other. "A rollicking tale of adventure and mistaken identity . . . . Robust scenes and characters are vividly evoked."--Kirkus Reviews

This briskly told tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, was named an ALA Notable Book. Sid Fleischman's celebrated novel features brief, action-packed chapters and includes black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Peter Sís. "An 18th century tale about the escapades of a resourceful orphan and a spoiled young prince. . . . Full of adventure, suspense, humor, and lively characters."--The New York Times

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Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, c1986
ISBN: 9780688062163
Branch Call Number: J FIC Fleis 05 01
Characteristics: 90 p. :,ill


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Mar 16, 2019

this is a fun book. its short and very easy to read, funny and it has lots of posetive messages. the quality of this book is much better than typical beginner chapter books like captain underpants or the magic tree house. I am an adult, but I still found it enjoyable and entertaining. I think this would be a good book for kids who don't like reading.

Oct 07, 2017

This was such a nice little story about friendship, trust, and adventure! It follows Jemmy, the whipping boy of "Prince Brat", who is forced by the prince to run away with him from the castle. Jemmy and the prince dislike each other very much at first, but, as they have to escape through sewers, befriend a girl and her pet bear, and hide from two bandits who wants to turn them in for a reward, they really have no choice but to trust each other.

davka Feb 21, 2013

more for younger kids

Feb 07, 2013

My 9-year-olds enjoyed this as a bedtime story.

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Dec 29, 2012

jcqlnhoffman thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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lms Apr 30, 2008

"Sis's skillful pictures emphasize particular events in the adventures of the orphan Jemmy, kept in his king's palace to be thrashed for the offenses by the royal heir, Prince Brat. But the prince himself takes off and forces the whipping boy to go with him, and they get into and out of trtouble on the outside, Jemmy hears that he has been accused of abducting Prince Brat. When the prince arranges for their return to the palace, poor Jemmy fears the worst, but things workout for the best at the story's satisfying close." (Novelist Reviews)


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