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The Shakespeare Stealer [PDF / EPUB] The Shakespeare Stealer Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand His fearsome master has just one demand steal Shakespeare s play Hamlet or else Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into t Widge is an orphan with a rare talent for shorthand His fearsome master has just one demand steal Shakespeare s play Hamlet or else Widge has no choice but to follow orders, so he works his way into the heart of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare s players perform As full of twists and turns as a London alleyway, this entertaining novel is rich The Shakespeare MOBI :ß in period details, colorful characters, villainy, and drama A fast moving historical novel that introduces an important era with casual familiarity School Library Journal, starred review.

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Shakespeare Stealer
  • Gary L. Blackwood
  • English
  • 22 September 2019
  • 9780141305950

About the Author: Gary L. Blackwood

He grew up in rural Cochranton, Western Pennsylvania He attended school in a one room schoolhouse He graduated with a BA in English from Grove City College in Pennsylvania While a college student, Blackwood published his first short story, Cliffs of Gold, in Twelve Fifteen magazine Blackwood s first book was The Lion and the Unicorn, which he published when he was nineteen Blackwood The Shakespeare MOBI :ß sets h.

10 thoughts on “The Shakespeare Stealer

  1. says:

    I listened to the Audible edition of The Shakespeare Stealer with my oldest daughter on a recent trip It was the last of the books that she needed to read to complete her school s summer reading list for the year It was also one that I hadn t read before, so it was new to both of us.While I usually enjoy reading the classic children s stories, this one just didn t hold much appeal for me Honestly, it was kind of a tedious listening experience for both of us We both kept losing interest There just wasn t a feeling of anticipation at any point in this story for us.The story is about a young boy, Widge He is a servant and is trained to write in shorthand When he is sold to a new master, he finds himself facing a big ethical dilemma.Widge s new master owns a theatre company He wants to make use of Widge s shorthand skills in order to steal the script for a new production being put on by a rival company, the Globe Theatre Widge s assignment is to attend the performances and copy down the script, returning it to his master The production is Shakespeare s newest play, Hamlet.One thing leads to another and Widge is taken in by the Globe Theatre company He makes new friends and grows quite fond of their varied personalities He is treated as an equal, and a person, for the first time in his life Meanwhile, Widge s secret haunts him He no longer wants to betray the people he s grown to care for and he wants to escape his life of servitude At the same time, he is playing a cat and mouse game with his master, who expects him to produce the script that he was sent to steal When the truth eventually comes to light, Widge learns a lot about family and friendship His loyalties are tested and he must make a decision between doing what is expected of him and doing what he knows is right Despite being a rather flat read for us, I can see why this book was recommended reading for my fifth grade daughter It is a coming of age story with many life lessons sprinkled in It also does a wonderful job of depicting that era in London, exploring issues of social class and providing a glimpse into that timeframe That did prompt several discussions and explanations related to the meaning of different words and situations.Overall, it was an okay story I can t ignore the historical insight that this book provided, or the important moral lessons However, I d be lying if I said that it was an entertaining read It was mostly dull Despite the numerous awards that this book has won, I couldn t bring myself to love it.Check out of my reviews at

  2. says:

    Excellent coming of age story about a young boy who had only known hardship and serving a master, unconditionally He only knew to obey, not to question why, until he was sent to record the words in Shakespear s play Hamlet, using his unique short hand that he had learned from his previous master If he couldn t do that, he was to steal the playbook After accidentally setting fire to the thatched roof of the Globe theater, he became involved with the performers and was invited to become an apprentice.I really enjoyed the audiobook narration by Stuart Blinder His voices for the numerous characters was wonderful.

  3. says:

    I really hated this book in the being but in the end i came to like it The book involves a lot of sword fighting, weird, HUH The book really comes to show that everybody is not who you thought they were Sometimes people hide their identity for goo reasons and sometimes for bad reasons This book really comes to show that loyalty is important and you need to be careful who you trust, because you never know who is hiding their identity I would definitely recommend this book, It is a quick and easy read for historical fiction It is boring a first, but give it a chance, the book has a great lesson in it.

  4. says:

    This young adult novel follows the adventures of an Elizabethan orphan named Widge, who is sold into service to an unscrupulous theater director Widge knows the new art of shorthand, and he is ordered to attend a performance of Shakespeare s Hamlet at the Globe Theatre, copy down the text of the play, and return it to his master, who will mount an unauthorized production But Widge is discovered by the players, who take him in as an apprentice.Blackwood has done his theater history homework, and his rendition of backstage life is vivid and believable His historical figures Richard Burbage, Will Kemp, Shakespeare himself are one dimensional and his fictional boy actors speak to one another in overly contemporary tones at times, but the story moves quickly and Blackwood does avoid the sentimentality that mars the similarly themed King of Shadows by Susan Cooper The novel s surprises are not so surprising to anyone who s watched Shakespeare in Love, but the realistic details of sword fighting, stage effects and line memorization make this a great read for anyone interested in theater.

  5. says:

    I personally did not like this book I thought it was really slow and boring and didn t get interesting till the end To really understand the book you have to know the language There is a lot of older language that some people might not understand The book is kind of confusing at some points and really strange at other points I would recommended this book to anyone that likes Shakespeare or likes kind of mysterious books This is also a quick and easy book so if you needed an extra historical fiction book I recommended this one.

  6. says:

    The book was pretty boring and didn t have any action the influenced the book The author had the right idea but just couldn t pull it off Over all it was just super boring and pointless

  7. says:

    Read aloud with the kids as part of a school reading assignment I can t say it s one I would have picked up on my own but the kids aged 6 12 enjoyed it very much They really engaged with the story and were happy with our read aloud time I m giving it 4 stars based on their love of the story.Well written, historically interesting and a unique sort of tale, I guess we d recommend it D

  8. says:

    3 3.5 stars I think some kids would enjoy this, but of my students reading this book, it s probably a hit or a miss I thought it was an enjoyable little story and I liked reading about the growth of the main character as he learned what was truly proper behavior and what was not and what it means to be a family.

  9. says:

    SPOILERS Blackwood, G L 1998 The Shakespeare stealer New York Dutton Children s Books.Characters Widge male, protagonist Simon Bass and the Falconer Widge s ward and Bass mysterious henchman in disguise, antagonists Mr Pope older male, catch Widge at the Globe Sander and Julia n Widge s friends at the Globe Nick male, antagonist William Shakespeare the William Shakespeare Setting London, Late 1500s to Early 1600s the Globe TheatreThemes Character Transformation, Genre ETEC 545 Online D, Middle Historical FictionSummary Widge goes from orphaned apothecary s assistant to being sold for ten gold coins to Simon Bass, a man who wants Widge to use his scribing shorthand skills to copy works of others Widge is tasked with stealing Hamlet, and winds up in the Globe Theatre after threats from Bass henchman, the mysterious Falconer After a botched manuscript theft reproducing Hamlet in shorthand , Widge winds up with a new role in the theatre, and truly enjoys his time with his first real family Still trying to find his shorthand copy of the play, Widge had a role in a Globe production, but the Falconer is on to him The Falconer enlists another person, Nick, with access to steal the script Widge stops the theft The Falconer perishes after a fight As the Falconer dies, Widge learns that it was his master Simon Bass all along.Target Audience Middle School, Grades 6 8Curriculum Ties Right and Wrong, The Globe Theatre ShakespearePersonal response The setting, and this story as a piece of historical fiction is excellent However, I did find myself wanting depth and development at points, but I guess I should consider the target audience and compact schedules.

  10. says:

    After an orphan boy named Widge is commanded by his master to write down Shakespeare s Hamlet in a secret handwriting called charactery that only he knows, it s clear that obedience is obligatory But when he is adopted into Shakespeare s theater troupe and befriends the players, he starts to have second thoughts He knows that what he has been asked to do is wrong, and in the end, he must decide Will Widge carry out orders, or remain loyal to the other players Attaining the status of Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book and School Library Journal Best Book of the Year not this year, however , this gripping middle grade historical fiction novel is very enjoyable Its main theme, the true meaning of friendship and family, is very powerful.In addition, this book would be excellent to use as a supplement when discussing the Elizabethan Era in a classroom setting.My favorite character is Widge He isn t really anything special, or at least not in his mind But, despite circumstances, he manages to survive through everything on his own wits and courage, and decides, in the end, to do the right thing In the beginning of the book, having never had a family, Widge doesn t really understand the real value of love But at the end, through his new friends and the rest of the theater troupe that think of him as a brother and son, he learns how important it really is.This is a great book Read it

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