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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elvira Woodruff Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN:
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In London in 1735, 11-year-old Forrest Harper is living with his family at the Tower of London. There he helps his father tend the ravens and guard the prisoners. Still, life is lonely. When vicious Scottish Rebels are captured, Forrest is delighted. Perhaps now he can prove his courage and impress the local bullies who torment him. His happiness is short lived, though, when the Harpers are only given custody of Maddy, a Scottish Rebel's daughter, for a rebel in a dress will surely make Forrest a laughingstock.

As the days pass, Maddy's beauty and warmth and her touching stories of life in Scotland seal a friendship between them. But when she is slated for execution, Forrest is faced with a horrifying choice. He can either commit treason and help her escape or obey the law and allow his innocent friend to be executed.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 2/13/2014

    " Woodruff does a great job of creating the atmosphere of 18th century London and in particular the area of the Tower of London. The main characters Forrest, Rat and Maddy are very well portrayed. The action moved along quickly, but the ending was rather abrupt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Lee | 2/8/2014

    " Great historical fiction. Accurate portrayal of life in the Tower of London. Great book for both boys and girls! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayna Smith | 2/4/2014

    " Set in London in the 1700s, Forrest is the Ravenmaster's son. His father's job is to care for the protected ravens, and some of the prisoners, in the infamous Tower of London. Forrest and his friend Ned, the rat catcher, want nothing more than to escape their lives in the Tower. Then one day a young girl, the daughter of a Scottish rebel, is confined to the Tower. Forrest must decide whether saving Maddy is worth the risk of discovery and the danger to himself and his family. A wonderful piece of historical fiction that discusses the cost of courage and the importance of friendship. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 2/1/2014

    " creepy. reccomended for people who like gross stuff like cutting heads off "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 1/29/2014

    " (Mom's note: This book is a little more violent that I would probably recommend. Aaron seemed to do okay with it but there is a pretty gruesome hanging in it that's not really recommended. I meant to read that part aloud to him so I could skim over the details but he read it before I remembered.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/22/2014

    " Fun kids book, it was a nutmeg book last year and Kathryn wouldn't read it because of the execution in the second chapter. I enjoyed it though. I think she would have too, if she had gotten past the hanging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 1/20/2014

    " A simple book, but it is still very well written. It shows a clear message of friendship and how it can live a lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dianna | 1/12/2014

    " this book was so cool and historically wonderful. i loved the plot and read it through several times in the same year. the ravens are so fun and i really liked the maps and such in the front of the book, not to mention that the book is not only historically wonderful but presently wonderful as well because the british are a bit superstitious and still keep ravens ar the tower of london. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veena | 1/9/2014

    " in the beginning it was boring but whaen you got deeper and deeper in to the book it is a very good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel Of Questionable Luck | 12/24/2013

    " Absolutely amazing. I want to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/21/2013

    " I tried not to cry at the end, but I did. Every tear was earned by Ms. Woodruff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Conroy | 12/18/2013

    " I never thought I would like this book, but I assigned it as a literature circle book so I began to read it. Well, I literally could not put it down! It was so suspenseful! Read it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ami_Ven | 12/17/2013

    " A good little story. I don't know how historically accurate it is, but nothing seemed implausible about it. I really enjoyed the three main characters, Forrest, Ned and Maddy, and liked that the readers got an epilogue to find out what happened to them afterwards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vivek Rajan | 9/21/2013

    " touhing book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cecilia | 9/13/2013

    " This book was one of the worst books I have ever had to read. The author's writing was very poor and was not descriptive. Forest's character was unoriginal and Rat/Ned was just annoying. The book built you up and then let you down ( Rick roll ;P).Don't waste your time or money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/5/2013

    " It was a little boaring but turned out to be a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 11/12/2012

    " A compelling story about choosing between friendship and duty, obeying the law completely or civil disobedience. But framed in a very appropriate way for children. Takes place in 1735 at the Tower of London. A book Jeremiah (14) will be reading this school year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison Sunshine | 10/27/2012

    " LOVE IT EVEN THOUGH I'M BARLEY HALF-WAY THROUGH!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gloriana | 7/14/2012

    " Although this is a children's book, it looked very interesting, so I picked it up. It was a quick read (obviously), and it was actually really good. It was fast-paced, and even had me in suspense at the end. I learned a lot about the Tower of London, and it's definitely one to come back to :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 7/6/2012

    " I loved learning about the history of the Tower of London. It is a fascinating place with an amazing history. I now long to visit it. The author was successful in bringing history alive for youth with this story. I was a bit disappointed with the ending though it is probably realistic enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 12/20/2011

    " Page turner. Good explanation of the history of the Tower of London, but not exactly light reading (includes detailed descriptions of execution). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mae | 11/24/2011

    " This book was AMAZING. It really took you back to the time period it took place in. It's not a very well-known book, but I recommend reading it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake Adamson | 9/14/2011

    " thrilling, dark, victorian era struggles and intrigue make this a compelling chiller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelli | 8/27/2011

    " This is a must read for ALL upper elementary and middle school kids!!!! Definitely a must!!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raihan Ashraf | 6/23/2011

    " I hated it, it had a bad plot. Without any suspense or action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 4/7/2011

    " (Mom's note: This book is a little more violent that I would probably recommend. Aaron seemed to do okay with it but there is a pretty gruesome hanging in it that's not really recommended. I meant to read that part aloud to him so I could skim over the details but he read it before I remembered.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddy | 3/26/2011

    " It was so good! It also had a Scottish character named Maddy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Val | 3/8/2011

    " A great book about adventure and dreaming "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kandyce | 2/27/2011

    " This was a great book! I listened to the audio and the reader was fantastic. Forrest is the son of the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London. There are some really interesting facts about the time period and the story was easy for me to become involved in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mae | 2/16/2011

    " This book was AMAZING. It really took you back to the time period it took place in. It's not a very well-known book, but I recommend reading it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 7/18/2010

    " Page turner. Good explanation of the history of the Tower of London, but not exactly light reading (includes detailed descriptions of execution). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 7/13/2010

    " This is another of my son's books that I quite enjoyed - an enjoyable rainy day read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neel | 6/20/2010

    " Nice book about the middle ages in Europe
    Recommend to people who like to read about history and other types of fiction

    This was the first book that i acutually liked which was historic fiction "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 6/7/2010

    " This book does a good job of showing us what life would be like at the Bloody Tower of London in 1735.(very gross. English history is quite appalling). Perhaps the ending was a little unrealistic,and the villian un-nuanced. The characters of Forrest and Ned are nicely developed. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/24/2010

    " Absolutely amazing. I want to read it again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raihan | 2/11/2010

    " I hated it, it had a bad plot. Without any suspense or action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madison Sunshine | 1/29/2010

    " LOVE IT EVEN THOUGH I'M BARLEY HALF-WAY THROUGH!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/14/2010

    " I loved learning about the history of the Tower of London. It is a fascinating place with an amazing history. I now long to visit it. The author was successful in bringing history alive for youth with this story. I was a bit disappointed with the ending though it is probably realistic enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 12/29/2009

    " It was a good book, but the characters spent a lot more time building their friendship than escaping (the plot of the story). "

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About the Author
Author Elvira Woodruff

Elvira Woodruff based the relationship between the characters Lucy and Glory on the close bond she had with her own two sisters while she was growing up. And as she sat in her study, in the company of an antique doll who watched wisely from the top shelf, she also drew inspiration from her love of dolls and history.

Ms. Woodruff is the author many popular middle-grade novels, including The Orphan of Ellis Island, The Magnificent Mummy Maker, Dear Levi, George Washington’s Socks, and a recent picture book, The Memory Coat, illustrated by Michael Dooling. Her books have won many awards and honors. And the hundreds of letters she receives from children she visits at schools each year keep her excited about writing. She lives in Martin’s Creek, Pennsylvania, where she keeps a garden that is filled with morning glories.

Elvira Woodruff’s trademark style of making history accessible by combining compelling stories with intriguing characters makes her a hands-down favorite with contemporary readers. She lives in Martin’s Creek, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joe. 

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.