You have already enjoyed many stories about characters who set out to search for something. Perhaps you have also read or watched movie versions of these famous quests: Homer’s Odyssey, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Many folktales and fantasy novels focus on a hero’s journey to find someone or something.
Here is another story that tells of a quest. But this one is not a fantasy novel. This novel is based on something that actually happened long ago in England.
Avi. The Player King. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017.
During the 1400s, two families fought to gain control of the English throne. In 1485, Henry proclaimed himself king and defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth Field. But Richard’s supporters did not want to give up the power they’d enjoyed. So they found a boy, Lambert Simnel, and convinced him to pretend that he was the true heir to the crown. All so they could keep their wealth and prestige. This really happened. This novel is a spell-binding tale that tells how a young penniless orphan might have been convinced that he was someone important, someone who was worthy of becoming the king.
By the way, even though the topic is quite serious, this 195-page book isn’t difficult to read. The margins are generous. The lines of print are widely spaced. Many sentences and paragraphs are very short. There is also lots of conversation. You will undoubtedly race through this novel to find out what happens!
P.S. Any story by Avi is well written. Later you might like to read Crispin, another story from the Middle Ages about a boy on a quest to discover his true worth.
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