By Gary Blackwood
All that Widge has ever known is the orphanage where he grew up and the home of the odd doctor to whom he was apprenticed. It was during his apprenticeship that Widge was trained to write in a coded shorthand. It is because of his ability he finds himself is the hands of a new cruel master, with orders to steal a “Hamlet” from Shakespeare’s troupe at the Globe Theater.
However, things do not go as planned and before he knows it, he is tangled in the life of the theater. As Widge falls deeper and deeper into the life of the stage, he grows to realize what it means to enjoy life and have friends. The actors at the Globe have welcomed him in and made him one of them. Widge finds himself torn between the fear of not obeying his master and friends that he has at the theater and the family that he has found.
This book is a fantastic piece of work, filled with drama, emotion, and action. It captures the time of the theater and the life of an actor.