From Publishers Weekly
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From School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Being an orphan is never easy, especially during the time of Shakespear's England. Treated as property by various "owners," Widge, the 14-year-old protagonist, is forced to attempt the theft of Hamlet from the man himself. Yet, after ingratiating himself into the acting company, he finds true friends for the first time in his life. What will he do--betray his only friends, or risk his life by defying his guardian's orders? The story by Gary Blackwood (Dutton, 1998) brings Shakespearean England alive for young listeners through the descriptive language and situations of the many characters. The tenuous survival of children during this period, even in such a vital city as London, is an underlying backdrop. This, combined with the central issues of friendship and deception, provides a story filled with tension and surprises. Actor Ron Keith's narration adds a strong auditory element to the story. The veteran narrator uses his well-developed talent to change voices for the characters, and employs inflecting vocal tones and silence to craft fuller personalities. Each voice is tailored to fit the subtleties of the character, as in the wicked Falconer. This is a great supplement to any language arts curriculum to enhance a Shakespeare unit, and a wonderful story just to enjoy.-Tina Hudak, St. Bernard's, Riverdale, MD
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