The Secret in the Tower

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Pub Date Sep 08 2022 | Archive Date Oct 05 2023

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A historical fiction book based on the famous story of The Princes in the Tower - perfect for children aged 9-14 years.

1485. Richard III is King of England. Henry Tudor’s invasion looms.

Jack Broom thinks that war and politics have nothing to do with him. He is a simple apothecary’s boy dreaming of becoming a surgeon – until soldiers mistake him for a boy of noble birth.

Narrowly avoiding being dragged to the Tower of London, Jack sets out on a perilous mission to find out who he truly is. With the help of his new friend Alice, he uncovers conspiracies, treason, and the deadly lengths people will go to for power.

A historical fiction book based on the famous story of The Princes in the Tower - perfect for children aged 9-14 years.

1485. Richard III is King of England. Henry Tudor’s invasion looms.

Jack Broom...

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The time period covered by The Secret in the Tower is one that fascinates so many people. To this day, no one truly knows what happened to the two princes sequestered in the Tower of London by their uncle, King Richard.

This story for upper elementary through middle school students tackles the subject through the fictional character of Jack Broom who bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the princes. He finds himself swept away from the life he knew as an apothecary's apprentice into one of danger and intrigue.

Overall, this was a great historical fiction title for this age range. Even though I am much older, I enjoyed it as well.

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A historical fiction retelling of The Princes in the Tower - King Richard III’s nephews who disappeared in the Tower of London.

Introduces a new character, Jack Broom, whose uncanny resemblance to one of the princes leads him to discover his true identity.

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A really impressive book to read from start to finish couldn't stop reading it at all, the plot of the book was simply amazing all the way through, I honestly had no issues at all through this book, totally loved it.
All the characters you get to meet throughout the book were all simply amazing especially some little twists when you find out who they really are in the end, which I didn't see coming at all.
Now the twists near enough near the end at me on the edge of my seat a mean a didn't see it coming at all, I am not gonna spoil I as it did indeed have me speechless till the end.
Would love to read more books like this as it had me going and I loved the twist at the end.

Thank you netgallery for allowing me to read this title I really loved it from start to finish and would love to read more.
I have shared my review on my good reads account and my Instagram page as well.

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This is the fictionalized story of the brothers in the tower, Prince Edward and Richard . Jack Broom lives with his aunt the apothecary, and wants to be a physician. His world is thrown in turmoil when he meet a girl who seems to know more about him than he does. He soon learns that he has a lot of questions about himself and those he thought he knew.

I recommend this book to those interested in what happened to the princes in the tower and/or history during the time of Richard and Henry VII and the Battle of the Cousins.

I was given the opportunity to read this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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An interesting take on one of the great mysteries of British royal history: what happened to the princes in the Tower? Andrew Beattie presents a new twist to the mystery, one that is thoroughly fun to read. This is one of those books that captures you from start to finish. I read it in 3 days, and that is because I intentionally paced myself. Set during the weeks leading up to the Battle of Bosworth Field, the main character Jack Broom discovers a huge secret that could impact who sits on the English throne. He also plays a critical role in what happens regarding that secret, along the way discovering what turns out to be his true identity. What made this enjoyable to read is that Beattie's twist, as far as I'm concerned, is actually plausible in some ways. It gave another layer to a topic that I have read and watched documentaries about many times over. Even though this is clearly geared toward a younger crowd, I as an adult loved it. I particularly appreciated the afterword, which gave historical clarity where needed. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
Thanks to NetGalley and Sweet Cherry Publishing for this arc, which I voluntarily read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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this was a perfect young adult fiction book, it was a great way to introduce a young adult to this sad case. The story was really well done and it kept the facts straight. The characters felt true to form and I appreciated how well this book was done. Andrew Beattie has a great writing style and I look forward to more from the author.

"The disagreements had turned to fights. The constables had weighed in, beating people with sticks as thick as a man’s wrist. Jack had seen the lawyer crawling away from the crowd, leaving a trail of blood behind him as some of Richard’s supporters had stamped and kicked him."

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This was such a cute little read for any of the middle grade readers in your life! Middle grade is a fiercely underrated genre, and I will never get over that little tidbit about it. I think that anyone who likes historical fiction (especially Henry VIII/Tudor based) woud do great with this book, as well as any middle grade reader, whether young or old!

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Having always been interested in the story of The Princes in the Tower, this is a fascinating perspective. I read it in one sitting as I was desperate to find out more about Jack.

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