Road to London by Barbara Mitchelhill

Road to London

Written by Barbara Mitchelhill

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The world of Shakespeare and his theatre sparkles with life in this fast-paced historical novel. Thomas loves everything about the players and dreams of joining them if he ever has the chance. Having met Mr Shakespeare while studying at school in Stratford, it is to him and London that he runs when he has to flee his home. But behind the glamour and style of the theatre, Thomas finds darker intrigue and danger. A thrilling story full of theatrical flourish.


Road to London by Barbara Mitchelhill

Thomas is desperate to join 'the players', he'll do anything to watch them perform, even skip school and risk a caning. But when Thomas' rule breaking gets him in trouble with more than just his school master, he has to flee his home and make his way to London. Here he meets his hero, Shakespeare, and his players. But behind the excitement of the theatres is a grimy world of deception, poison and treason. Will Thomas manage to uncover the plot in time? And will he manage to save Shakespeare from a fate worse than death?

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Recommended for the Carnegie Medal and short-listed for the Young Quills Award, and one can understand why. HNSR Mitchelhill has reinvigorated the tale of a young would-be actor falling in with Shakespeare. Impeccably researched and full of arresting detail. Telegraph The world of Shakespeare and his theatre sparkles with life in this fast-paced historical novel ... A thrilling story full of theatrical flourish. Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading The best history lesson you could imagine! You feel as though you are really there: inhaling the smells, listening to the noise and clatter of the time and meeting the characters - good and bad. We Love This Book Mysteries, plots and conspiracies abound ... A colourful and thought-provoking story. The Bookbag

About the Author

Barbara Mitchelhill

Barbara Mitchelhill was born in Rochdale and trained as a teacher. While she was teaching, she began writing for BBC children's TV and went on to write for educational publishers, before writing novels for children. She makes school visits all over the country, and enjoys appearing at literary festivals and talking to teachers and librarians, some as far away as the Caribbean. Her hobbies include reading, theatre, music, gardening and walking her border terrier, Ella. She lives in Staffordshire and has two grown-up daughters.

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256 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th April 2012




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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