The Whipping Boy 1987 Medal Winner ****

The Whipping Boy is about a prince and his whipping boy. Because the prince can not be hit, whenever he does something wrong another child is punished. Together they leave the castle and have all sorts of adventures that helps the prince see the error of his ways.

This book was nothing like what I thought it was going to be. Because of the title, I was expecting something dark and depressing. Actually it's quite funny and hopeful. Very clever story and the chapter headings were funny and made me want to keep reading. I was surprised to discover that whipping boys were not fictional and actually existed.

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