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The Whipping Boy

bySid FleischmanIllustratorPeter Sis

Paperback | April 15, 2003

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Award-winning author Sid Fleischman blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel, winner of the Newbery Medal.

A Prince and a Pauper . . . Prince Brat and his whipping boy inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like each other. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other. "A rollicking tale of adventure and mistaken identity . . . . Robust scenes and characters are vividly evoked."—Kirkus Reviews

This briskly told tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, was named an ALA Notable Book. Sid Fleischman's celebrated novel features brief, action-packed chapters and includes black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Peter Sís. "An 18th century tale about the escapades of a resourceful orphan and a spoiled young prince. . . . Full of adventure, suspense, humor, and lively characters."—The New York Times

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Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novelThe Whipping Boy. The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiographyThe Abracadabra Kid. His other titles includeThe Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and thr...
Title:The Whipping BoyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.19 inPublished:April 15, 2003Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060521228

ISBN - 13:9780060521226

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Whipping Boy I loved this book as a kid. I love prince stories.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Below Average For an Award winning book, I expected more, to be honest. The book is slim, yes, but I think some of the writing was pretty lacking. My daughter found it 'weird'. The best part of the book was the concept - the story is told from the whipping boy's perspective, a unique idea that would have been great, if the writing was more solid, in my opinion.
Date published: 2017-01-04

Editorial Reviews

“The Whipping Boy is a quick, fast-paced book full of wisdom and heart. It delivers a full-scale story in a short, accessible format.”