I checked out three Newbery Books from the library. I started reading all three at the same time, to see which one caught my attention. This is the one I finished first.
The Whipping Boy
By Sid Fleischman
This is what it says on the back cover: 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.
From looking at the cover, I wasn't sure if I would like this book. But, I did! It was a fun read of only 13,280 words. I know it seems like the trend for MG books is to be longer, but I tend to like the shorter ones. I say it's not the quantity of the pages but the quality of the pages.
This is a fun book with fun characters. There is hope for everyone. It takes a while, but Prince Brat turns out to be a good friend in the end.
Give this one a try, I think you will like it.
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