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The player king

by Avi, 1937-

Format: Large Print 2017
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
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CLP - Library for the Blind Children's Large Print Books j FICTION Avi CL10544
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Children's Large Print Books
Call Number  j FICTION Avi CL10544
CLP - Library for the Blind Children's Large Print Books j FICTION Avi CL10544
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Children's Large Print Books
Call Number  j FICTION Avi CL10544
Dormont Public Library Juvenile Fiction NEW J AVI
Location  Dormont Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  NEW J AVI
New York Times Bestselling AuthorNewbery Award-Winning AuthorSMLEngland, 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 boy slaving away at a tavern in Oxford is purchased and whisked away by a mysterious friar, who tells him he is the true King of England!
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"
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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 and rulers -- Juvenile fiction.
Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603 -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich. :2017
Language English
Notes "Thorndike Press large print the literacy bridge"--Title page verso.
Description 199 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781432841904
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