Avi. The Player King. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017.
Summary from author’s web site
Read an amazingly true tale of a boy plucked from the gutter to become the King of England.
England, 1486. King Henry VII has recently snatched the English Crown and now sits on the throne, while young Prince Edward, who has a truer claim, has apparently disappeared. Meanwhile, a penniless kitchen boy named Lambert Simnel is slaving away at a tavern in Oxford—until a mysterious friar, Brother Simonds, buys Lambert from the tavern keeper and whisks him away in the dead of night. But this is nothing compared to the secret that the friar reveals: You, Lambert, are actually Prince Edward, the true King of England!
With the aid of the deceitful Earl of Lincoln, Brother Simonds sets out to teach the boy how to become the rightful English king. Lambert has everything to gain and nothing to lose, or so he thinks. Yet in this dangerous battle for the throne, Lambert is not prepared for what’s to come—or for what it really means to play at being a king.
Avi is well known for historical fiction. He once again does a fabulous job of taking an historical event and crafting it into a story children will want to read. The Player King is historical fiction based on a real event. I was somewhat surprised that such an event could have occurred but Avi includes an author’s note which explains the fact part of the story. He completed research which makes the story very realistic and believable. The characters are well developed and the setting is described in such a way that readers should be able to visualize it.
I would not hesitate to add The Player King to my k-12 Christian school library. The book is appropriate for middle schoolers.
I borrowed a copy of the book from my local library. This is my honest review.
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