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Doherty, Berlie

Will Montague is page boy to little Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. When his father is accused of treason and thrown into Newgate Prison, Will has to go into hiding in the back streets of London. He is befriended by a poor boy, Nick Drew, and together they brave imprisonment and death as they try to gain pardon for Will's father

Paperback, Book. English. Historical fiction. Fiction 9+. Children's stories. Historical.
Published London: Andersen, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: Berlie Doherty
ISBN: 1849391211, 9781849391214
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 264 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Fathers and sons Fiction.; Treason England Juvenile fiction.; Great Britain History Henry VIII, 1509-1547 Juvenile fiction.; Royal pages Juvenile fiction.; Judicial error Juvenile fiction.

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Book Level: 5
Interest Level: MY
Points: 11
Quiz Number: 220201

Author note

Berlie Doherty has written more than 35 books for children, including Classic Fairy Tales, Coconut Comes to School, The Goblin Baby, and The Nutcracker. She has twice won the Carnegie Medal.


"A beautifully crafted book, packed with rich detail and a convincing sense of time and place."  —School Librarian ||"A beautifully paced and measured story . . . Berlie Doherty manages to involve the reader completely in Will's world."  —Books for Keeps||"The writing is flawless, the pacing perfect. This is historical fiction at its finest."  –School Library Journal||"Readers will be held by the religious and political history made personal."  —Booklist Online