The Whipping Boy

by Sid Fleischman

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Book Information

Publication Date: April 1986


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 570L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level R


Interest Level: Grades 3 - 8; Age Range: 8 - 12 years


Major Awards: 1987 Newbery Medal Winner


Number of Pages: 96 pages


Approximate Word Count: 29,280 words -- The average reader will spend 1 hours and 57 minutes reading The Whipping Boy at 250 words per minute.*


Book Themes: Responsibility, Adventure, Boredom


Genre: Historical Fiction


Setting: latter half of the eighteenth century; in the countryside around a royal castle


Important Quote: What was he looking for, a prince in fine velvets and a crown cocked on his head? Was it clothes that made a prince, Jemmy wondered, just as rags made a street boy?


First Line: On a night when the moon gazed down like an evil eye, the young prince appeared in Jemmy's chamber.


Point of View: Mostly Third Person


*Estimate from Reading Length

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