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By Sid Fleischman, Peter Sis

Award-winning writer Sid Fleischman blends the largely comedian with the deeply compassionate during this memorable novel, winner of the Newbery Medal.

A Prince and a Pauper . . . Prince Brat and his whipping boy inadvertently alternate areas after turning into concerned with harmful outlaws. the 2 boys don't have anything in universal or even much less cause to love one another. but if they locate themselves taken hostage after operating away, they're left without selection yet to belief one another. "A rollicking story of event and fallacious identification . . . . powerful scenes and characters are vividly evoked."—Kirkus Reviews

This quickly advised story of excessive event, taut with suspense and wealthy with colourful characters, used to be named an ALA extraordinary e-book. Sid Fleischman's celebrated novel positive aspects short, action-packed chapters and contains black-and-white illustrations via Caldecott Honor artist Peter Sís. "An 18th century story in regards to the escapades of a innovative orphan and a spoiled younger prince. . . . filled with event, suspense, humor, and full of life characters."—The long island Times

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Smudge positioned out his hand to shake. Jemmy stuck Prince Brat's temporary confusion. "He by no means shakes fingers. " "Of path I do," acknowledged the prince with a brief grin. He took Smudge's hand. "Glad to shake your hand, Smudge. " "Likewise. " And Jemmy dragged the prince away. Smudge had devoted a negative offense: not anyone was once allowed to shake arms with a prince. "Why did you do this? " "Because i have by no means shaken arms earlier than. " "He might be hung for much less! " The prince was once looking at his hand. "It felt pleasant ... trusting. i'll introduce the perform at courtroom whilst I develop into king. " Jemmy's ears pricked up. King, is it? he suggestion. So it was once simply bluster that you just may perhaps by no means return to the citadel. Gaw, i'm hoping you don't need to profit to seize rats first. Moments later they got here to a stout previous lady with fingers as gnarled as tree roots. Beside her, munching grass, stood a cow with a brass ring in its nostril. "New milk! " the cow woman referred to as out. "New milk, clean from the cow! most sensible within the land! New milk! " Jemmy passed over the coin. The milk woman fished mugs out of a bathtub of water, sat on a stool, and started to take advantage of the cow without delay into the mugs. Her goal used to be as expert as an archer's. "Have you heard the earful? " she requested. "Our prince has been abducticated. think! " "Imagine," the prince answered coolly. She used to be taking a look without delay at him. "Our darlin' bad king! " she went on. "Weepin' his royal eyes out, doubtless. even though why he'd spring a tear for the little toad, i do not recognize. A powerful terror, they are saying, is Prince Brat. Pity us the day he turns into king, eh? " She passed over the pair of mugs. Jemmy drank the nice and cozy milk down in unbroken gulps. yet then he spotted the prince status immobile, a imprecise, unseeing glance in his eyes. For sure he knew every body known as him Prince Brat in the back of his again, did not he? "Drink up, lad," acknowledged the cow girl. "My stars, i have by no means noticeable such rags on a boy. they seem like castoffs from the old-clothes guy. " She gave out a joking snigger. "Drink up earlier than you scare off company. " The prince tired the mug and shuffled away. As they crammed the potato kettle on the pump, he checked out Jemmy. "Treasonous outdated girl. i may have her tongue ripped off for mendacity. " yet there has been no steam in his voice. Taking a whipping was once undesirable sufficient, yet to profit that his topics dreaded the day he'd develop up and turn into king had deeply shaken him. "She intended no harm," Jemmy murmured, conserving his eyes alert for squaddies. "Is that what they name me—Prince Brat? " Jemmy nodded. "Does every body hate me? " "More'n most likely. " "What approximately you? " Jemmy hesitated for a second. "I did. yet possibly i do not. " Jemmy could not tackle his emotions. "The pot's complete. Let's cross. " It took the 2 of them to hold the iron kettle, now packed with water. They handed a magician with a bald head, a highway fiddler, and an umbrella vendor, his wares opened round his toes like black silken mushrooms. unexpectedly there loomed up a soldier on horseback, his eyes at the seek. there has been not anything to do yet brazen it out. Jemmy took a tighter grip at the deal with, yet used to be able to fly if he needed to.

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