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The player king

by Avi, 1937-

Format: Book on CD 2017
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Audio/Visual juv CD AVI
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Audio/Visual
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In 1486 England, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is told by a mysterious friar that he, Lambert, is actually Prince Edward, the true King of England, setting him on a dangerous course to regain the throne. Based on a true story.
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.
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603 -- Juvenile fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603 -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Keating, John (Actor), narrator.
Recorded Books, Inc., publisher.
Participants/Performers Narrated by John Keating.
Audience 8 years and up.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact disc.
In container (17 cm.).
Description 4 audio discs (4 hr., 45 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781501983023
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