The Stratford Boys
It is the 16th century and 15-year-old William Shakespeare, a glover’s son, offers to help out a friend and write a play which will be acted out by an unlikely cast of characters. He has an idea of what to do but is soon to discover that his task is more complex and involved than he initially anticipated.
The author brings Will, the play, and the century vividly to life through her own skilful use of language. With its humour and sensitive observations, the story is a delight. The reader, whether young or old, is swept along at a pace as we follow Will’s often frustrated progress. The realities of life in the times are carefully woven in and around the main story. Will changes and develops the characters as his inclination and circumstances dictate. In the process, the reader learns how to build up characters, create effective dialogue, structure and perform a play; all valid information which would be of benefit to a KS3 student.
The play, like the book, is a success, and William enjoys the applause and approval of the crowd, leaving him contemplating the thought of writing another play.