The Whipping Boy

The Whipping Boy

A shout comes echoing up the stairway. "Fetch the whipping boy!"

A young orphan named Jemmy rouses from his sleep. "Ain't I already been whipped twice today? Gaw! What's the prince done now?" It was forbidden to spank, thrash, or whack the heir to the throne. Jemmy had been plucked from the streets to serve as whipping boy to the arrogant and spiteful Prince Brat.

Dreaming of running away, Jemmy finds himself trapped in Prince Brat's own dream at once brash and perilous.

In this briskly told tale of high adventure, taut with suspense and rich with colorful characters, the whipping boy and Prince Brat must at last confront each other.

Award-winning author Sid Fleischman again blends the broadly comic with the deeply compassionate in this memorable novel.

Title:The Whipping Boy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780060521226
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    The Whipping Boy Reviews

  • Calista

    This has been on my shelf for a while and on my TBR and it’s thin, very compact size; only 89 pages. Today, I sat down and read this. Now, it comes off my TBR.I knew nothing of this story, but I was...

  • Jessica

    As a piece of young adult fiction, The Whipping boy earned a Newberry Award. I'm not sure why. Yes, there are vivid descriptions and some good literary devices used, but the storyline is hardly origin...

  • Jonathan Peto

    The story is comically told, practically slapstick, so the characters are not deeply drawn. The themes, however, are serious, so it is fun and offers opportunities for extended conversations. I read i...

  • Amanda NEVER MANDY

    Memory lane is a fun place to visit but it is never where one should stay. On occasion I like to revisit past reads to see how much of them I remember and if what I loved about them then still holds u...

  • Jess

    Chapter book - historical fictionNewbery MedalFor grades 3-7Jemmy is Prince Brat's whipping boy, taking any punishment due to the prince, until the prince decides to run away, taking Jemmy with him an...

  • Audrey

    This book just cracked me up! Prince Horace is the naughtiest kid around and everyone calls him Prince Brat behind his back. He knows he can get away with anything and Jemmy will have to take his whip...

  • Dan

    Synopsis:Jemmy is the prince's whipping boy, a job that means he gets punished any time the prince misbehaves. Tired of the injustice, he decides to run away. Before he can, the prince decides to run ...

  • Shannon McDermott

    Here’s a question: Which would you rather be – a rat-catcher or a whipping boy? On the one hand, rat-catchers catch rats. On the other, whipping boys get whipped. A lot.At least they do when the p...

  • Angie Thompson

    I remembered this one from when I was a child, but not most of the details. After reading it again, I can see why I remembered it! I love the clever turns of phrase, the wacky adventures, and the even...

  • Becca

    I somehow missed out on a whole lot of great children's literature when I was a child. Maybe Babysitter's Club was just all I needed, lol. As a result of this lit-ignorance, I am just now reading a bu...