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Jeffrey Strangeways Hardcover – May 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1st U.S. ed edition (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564020185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564020185
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,540,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Chivalry is alive and well in the dreams of Jeffrey Strangeways--a young lad of medieval times who longs to be a knight. When Jeffrey's mother breaks both her arms in an accident--thus losing her means of meager livelihood from her knitting--she insists that her son look for work. A chance meeting with Sir Walter of Winterwood from the famous Free Lance Rescue Services Knight Agency entangles the 11-year-old in a web of mishaps that eventually includes killing an evil ogre and pursuing his gallant aspirations. Murphy's ( Peace at Last ; The Worst Witch ) lighthearted novel deftly combines comedy, adventure and suspense, though her breezy third-person narrative contains occasional asides that jolt the reader into the 20th century--"Big sweaters and knitted outer garments had not caught on in the Middle Ages." The book's design features black-and-white spot illustrations throughout, which offer evidence that boys of yore were not much different than their modern thrill-seeking counterparts. Ages 8-11.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-- More than anything in the world, 11-year-old Jeffrey Strangeways wants to be a knight. There's only one problem: he's a commoner and a small, scruffy, and clumsy one at that, and in his medieval world commoners commonly aspire to kitchen duty instead of knighthood. But Jeffrey has a dream and he's such a likable kid that readers know something good will happen to him--although it takes a real knight, an ogre, and a puppy every bit as scruffy as Jeffrey to make it occur. Murphy has filled her lighthearted tale with cheerful anachronisms (knights with clipboards, local newspapers, paper bags, Earl Grey tea, etc.) and equally good-humored black-and-white line drawings (plus a few snazzy silhouettes). --Michael Cart, formerly at Beverly Hills Public Library
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
I love the drawings/illustrations throughout this book - they really make this story even more believable. Children from 8 to 11 should find this to be a great book.
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Format: Hardcover
Eleven year old Geoffrey Strangeways has a problem. He needs to find work to support himself and his widowed mother after she broke both her arms. His only ambition is to become a knight, a bit impractical when you're both small, clumsy and very poor. But when he gives directions to a friendly knight he finds himself embarked on an unlikely series of events which may give him his heart's desire. This is a very entertaining book in the tradition of the author's "Worst Witch" series, but with a boy as the leading character. My eight year old son read it in one sitting and wanted to know if there were any more books in the series. (Unfortunately I don't think there are at the moment, but this book BEGS for a sequel.) This is an excellent book for boys. It is probably a slightly easier read than the "Worst Witch", and could be read by children who are not yet old enough for "Harry Potter". If you haven't heard of the "Worst Witch" and your child is 7-10, get hold of a copy of this book (for a boy) or the "Worst Witch" (for a girl).
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