The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman
Illustrator Peter Sis

HarperCollins | April 15, 2003 | Trade Paperback

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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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Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.19 in

Published: April 15, 2003

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060521228

ISBN - 13: 9780060521226

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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The Whipping Boy

The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman
Illustrator Peter Sis

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 96 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.19 in

Published: April 15, 2003

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060521228

ISBN - 13: 9780060521226

About the Book

Now in paperback--the Newbery Award-winning tale of a street boy who endures life as the prince's whipping boy until they both are taken hostage and must swap identities. An ALA Notable Children's Book and "School Library Journal" Best Book. Illustrations.

From the Publisher

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

Supports the Common Core State Standards

From the Jacket

A Prince
and a Pauper

Jemmy, once a poor boy living on the streets, now lives in a castle. As the whipping boy, he bears the punishment when Prince Brat misbehaves, for it is forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. The two boys have nothing in common and even less reason to like one another. But when they find themselves taken hostage after running away, they are left with no choice but to trust each other.

About the Author

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 three biographies,Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World;The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; andEscape! The Story of The Great Houdini.

Editorial Reviews

“A rollicking tale of adventure and mistaken identity, written in a style reminiscent of 19th-century melodrama.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12