Book: The Shadow of the Tudor Rose (Shadows from the Past Book 13) by Wendy Leighton-Portercategories: Book, Middle Grade, Time-Travel, History, Mystery, Adventure, Elizabethan, Tudor, Spanish Armada, Talking Cat, Educational, Spy, Children's Fiction
Wendy Leighton-Porterabout this book: The 13th adventure in the Shadows from the Past series takes my young time-travellers and their feline friend Max to Elizabethan London, amidst intrigue, plots and spies. Who can they trust and who is on the side of the enemy in the days leading up to the Spanish Armada?
I must confess from the outset that this is my favourite story in the series so far! As with my other books, it's full of historical detail and there is plenty for budding historians to learn, but there is also a complex mystery for my characters to solve and a whole trail of clues for them to follow.
Some well-known figures from the Elizabethan period feature in this adventure, including William Shakespeare and, of course, Queen Elizabeth herself. However, it is the playwright Christopher Marlowe, with whom young readers may not be quite so familiar, who is a key player in the plot – in reality, he did actually work for Queen Elizabeth's spymaster. Kit, as he was known, develops a touching friendship with my talking Tonkinese cat, Max, and leaves him with a special keepsake at the end of the story.
As for Max, he is the real star of the show. Maybe his special training in the previous book paid off, because he rises to the occasion and proves himself to be a worthy hero… even despite a rather embarrassing incident involving the queen's wig!
The thread that runs through all the books in this series, binding them together, is the children's ongoing quest to find the twins' missing parents who are lost somewhere in the pages of history, after a time-travelling jaunt of their own that went wrong. In The Shadow of the Tudor Rose, the youngsters come tantalisingly close to catching up with James and Isabel Lancelot – indeed, each step in their journey is bringing them closer to finding what they seek – but, yet again, the missing adults elude their grasp once more. Maybe next time…
"It's packed with historical information of educational value for kids… It has humour, energy, and worthwhile historical grounding." – THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD
"With a well-developed cast of characters and a plot that sizzles, The Shadow of the Tudor Rose is recommended for home and school libraries." – CHILDREN'S LITERARY CLASSICS BOOK AWARDS. Gold medal winner
"Wendy Leighton-Porter has created such vivid characters, with every story chock-full of historical events and significance; the books are hard to put down once you start reading." – READERS' FAVORITE BOOK REVIEWS
"I wholeheartedly recommend this book to teachers as well as parents because there is so much interesting information, wrapped up in an exciting, suspense-filled package, to get young readers eagerly delving back into the past." – FIONA INGRAM, author
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