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The Whipping Boy

The Whipping Boy

Fall 1992 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Sid Fleischman
Illustrator: Peter Sis
ISBN: 0688062164
Hardcover Price: $11.89
Review:
An exciting tale set in something like eighteenth-century England. Jemmy is the whipping boy of the title, a surrogate who gets the spankings that Prince Brat richly deserves. Brat forces Jemmy to run away with him, and they are caught by a couple of comical plug-uglies, who decide to hold the Prince for ransom. Problem is, they think Jemmy's the Prince because he can write, and there are more mixups and adventures when the boys escape and meet a bear-trainer, her bear (named Petunia), and a hot-potato man who helps them escape. The nasties are in hot pursuit, and the chase ends in the sewers under the city where Jemmy meets one of his old pals, a rat-catcher. The language is vivid, and the Princes' transformation from mean selfish kid to sadder-but-wiser-and-more-likeable young man is smoothly handled.
Review   ©1992 Parents' Choice


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