The Shakespeare Stealer

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8+
ISBN
0141305959
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Stealer
This book is about a boy named Widge, and he is an orphan, and he has a good personally. I remember form the book he say he was lucky, there are someone who is adopt by a doctor(even the doctor is bad to him),So he have change to learns. Then he gets sold to a man who wants him to steal the play of Hamlet by William (Shakespeare). At first his new master treat him good. But when he go to Lindon, his master send a guy call Falconer to keep him on mission. So Widge has to find a way to get the book without getting caught. And he went to the theatre that Shakespeare were. And he copy the lines that every actor say. And his learning form it. Once he want to join the theatre, and there are people disagree, and after he went in people that disagree treat him badly, (only one guy, that’s same age as him.) And Widge feel bad about himself, because he feel his here to steal. And during that time there are someone that treat him good, but he’s kind refuse him. And there is many friendship in that book, and it have some plot that kind like really happen during that period, like people rob, that’s same age as Widge ( they maybe is orphan too). And yeah this book have a good ending, Widge is stay in the theatre, with his “friends”.
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The Ultimate Decision
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3.5
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If I were to rate this story on a scale of one to ten, I would give it a six, not because of the dullness in some parts of the story but because of the dragging moments. Mentioned above, the story may have been fast written but some parts, for example, Widge hiding and trying not to be caught, took almost ten pages. Although it is crucial to create a good scene, it is redundant to create a really long-written one. All in all, I would recommend this book for people who like to read casual books that are adventurous at the same time.
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Imagine a lion hunting you down, and you are in a crossroad where you do not know which way to go. Intriguing as the title suggests, The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood portrays an orphan, Widge, who travels to London with a decision to either follow his master, the “lion”, to steal Shakespeare’s Hamlet, or to escape and join the players in The Globe, Shakespeare’s theater. The interesting side of this novel is when the climactic point of the story turns the plot upside down, but in a good way. When he decided to run away, Widge has to fight the internal conflict of escaping his master’s supervision. Although he tries to escape, part of him continues to be in search for the playbook. In my opinion, the plot was somewhat predictable, but I believe it is fascinating to see how authors twist their stories, especially this one.
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Reader reviewed by A.G.Rent

The Shakespeare Stealer is book filled with an internal conflict for the main character and these thoughts of 'What should I do?' drive this book to be all the more real. This is why I loved this novel and why I'm recommending it to everyone who reads this.  The entire plot is an adventure and the sub-plot with another player makes it all the more interesting. 
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