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The player king

by Avi, 1937-

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 16 Libraries 16 of 16 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j FICTION Avi
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Summary
"Swiftly moving and utterly engrossing." -- Shelf Awareness

Parents' Choice Recommended

From Newbery Award-winning author Avi comes the gripping and amazingly true tale of a boy plucked from the gutter to become the King of England.

England, 1486. King Henry VII has recently snatched the English Crown and now sits on the throne, while young Prince Edward, who has a truer claim, has apparently disappeared. Meanwhile, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is slaving away at a tavern in Oxford--until a mysterious friar, Brother Simonds, buys Lambert from the tavern keeper and whisks him away in the dead of night. But this is nothing compared to the secret that the friar reveals: You, Lambert, are actually Prince Edward, the true King of England!

With the aid of the deceitful Earl of Lincoln, Brother Simonds sets out to teach the boy how to become the rightful English king. Lambert has everything to gain and nothing to lose, or so he thinks. Yet in this dangerous battle for the throne, Lambert is not prepared for what's to come--or for what it really means to play at being a king.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In 1486, Oxford, England, a lad named Lambert works, sleeps, and lives at Tackley's Tavern. A friar lifts him out of hunger and poverty in exchange for his learning to play the role of the Earl of Warwick (heir of Richard III) not on stage, but in earnest. He agrees and subsequently rallies others to rise up against King Henry VII in order to place himself on the throne. It's a fool's game, since others are plotting to kill the young pretender once the Tudors are overthrown. Can he win the kingdom or, failing that, his life? Told from Lambert's point of view, the first-person narrative effectively avoids the complicated political backstory and focuses on the boy's experiences as he learns the unfamiliar speech, manners, and knowledge and plays his part. Avi, whose Newbery Award-winning Crispin (2002) was set in fourteenth-century England, again makes the past vivid and personal in this relatively short, accessible book. An author's note reveals what is known of the actual Lambert Simnel, whose story inspired the novel.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Once again, Avi (The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts) whisks readers back in time to witness the adventures of a boy in danger. It's 1486 in Oxford, England, where orphan Lambert Simnel works long hours as a tavern scullion. His dismal fate changes overnight when he is purchased by a Dominican priest, who claims that Limbert is the rightful heir to King Richard's throne, which has been usurped by King Henry VII. The friar's goal is to return the boy to his "rightful" position, but first Lambert-now called Edward, Earl of Warwick-must learn how to be a king. Based on historical fact, the novel strongly depicts Lambert's emotions: his initial confusion, his growing excitement over the prospect of gaining wealth and power (although he knows he has no true claim to the throne), and his fear when he realizes that he is being used as a pawn in a deadly game. Avi's short, accessible chapters and candid first-person narration create suspense and strongly evoke the political climate of the era, revealing an odd, mysterious chapter in England's history. Ages 8-12. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Simnel, Lambert -- Juvenile fiction.
Simnel, Lambert -- Fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Richard Jackson book."
Description 199 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781481437684
1481437682
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