The Secret of the Sealed Room: A Mystery of Young Benjamin Franklin

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The play’s the thing . . .

To the outside world, Tom Pryne is an orphan traveling Elizabethan England with his uncle’s theater troupe. In actuality, “Tom” is Viola, in disguise because her parents’ Catholic sympathies have put them at odds with the Crown and forced them into hiding. When the troupe arrives in the sleepy little town of Stratford-on-Avon, Viola’s uncle is arrested for murder, and she joins forces with an irksome local boy, named Will Shakespeare, with an active imagination, a penchant for trouble, and a smart turn of phrase, to uncover the real culprit. A perfect blend of humor, drama, and adventure and a rich evocation of 16th-century England inform this fresh and original historical mystery that introduces an appealing pair of amateur sleuths.
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About the author

Bailey MacDonald is a professional actress and playwright who lives near Atlanta, Georgia. When she is not writing, she performs under a different name with a theater group in that city. Bailey has always loved theater, and when she began to write her first historical mystery, it was a natural choice to select Stratford-on-Avon, the home of the great William Shakespeare, as the setting for a tale of trickery, murder, and detective work.

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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Oct 5, 2010
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Pages
224
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ISBN
9781416997627
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Language
English
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Genres
Juvenile Fiction / General
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism
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