The Shakespeare Stealer, by Gary Blackwood

An orphan named Widge has been raised by Dr. Bright, who taught him how to use a form of writing he invented himself. It is an art that takes many years to perfect, and Widge has the capability to write as quickly as anyone can speak. In short, it is a form of shorthand.
But poor Widge’s life is turned upside-down when a strange man buys him and takes him to a man with very specific orders: use your shorthand to copy down Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This book is set in the late 1500’s, early 1600s, whenever the play was first new.

Widge does not expect for the players to show him great kindness when his interest in the theater is made known. He really doesn’t want to betray his new friends, but with an evil man stalking him, it is hard to say no.


This book was really great! Their method of speech is very old-fashioned, especially Widge,  and the writing style was very nice. I would definitely recommend this book.
My only complaint was that there were not very many plot twists. Not that it was predictable, but there was only one part of the book that surprised me.
Also the end was a little weird to me. It was almost like the author was tired of writing, so he thought of the easiest way to end it and that was what happened.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Violence: 4/10

Language: 2/10

Inappropriateness/Romance: 1/10

Audience: Ages 8 and up



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