Tuesday, October 10, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - November 10, 2017 - Assassin's Code: Book 1 (The Shakespeare Plot)

I often review books for younger children - picture books, but recently received a chapter book which I'm happy to let you know about today - and announce a giveaway for one as well!

Assassin's Code: Book 1 (The Shakespeare Plot)
Author - Alex Woolf
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - Teens & Young Adults

Favorite Features -
  • Historical fiction - set in old England
  • Interesting characters
  • Exciting ending 
Sterling Children's Books says; "'There are dangers here . . . Plots are being hatched. People aren’t all they seem.'
 Journey back in time to Elizabethan London where schemers lurk and deadly traps await—and meet some real-life characters, including William Shakespeare himself. Alice Fletcher works—disguised as a boy—as a stagehand at the renowned Globe Theatre. When her brother mysteriously vanishes after delivering a coded message in a seedy area of London, she seeks the help of Tom Cavendish, servant to the power-hungry Earl of Essex. But could she and Tom be getting themselves in deeper than they bargained for? Rich with the heady atmosphere of political intrigue—including a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth—and featuring such historical figures as Sir Francis Bacon and the Bard, this swiftly paced, suspenseful story will keep young readers on the edge of their seats."

I found the story started well in the first chapter, sorta dragged in the next few chapters, but then picked up "steam" and became an interesting and fun story with a solid ending. If you have a young reader, this novel will be an enjoyable read!

I'm very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me one copy of Assassin's Code for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only). If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing for one Assassin's Code which will be on November 10, 2017, please comment below to share about a time which you think would make an interesting setting for a book - I think early North American - when the first people migrated here would be quite interesting.

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  1. This book is perfect for my older twins :-)
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