The Player King
Imagine you are an orphan, working in a lowly tavern. You are regularly insulted and told you have no value, and you spend your days running errands and turning meat over a spit to cook it. One day, a wealthy man appears and pays the tavern keeper to take you away. He tells you that you are not a poor orphan, but the true King of England, and you must prepare for your ruling life, and the battle to come. What would you do?
Based on a true story, this rags to riches tale is interesting because the protagonist is uneducated, but intelligent. He is quick to consider the pros and cons of his situation, including physical comfort and danger, as well as loneliness and different kinds of confinement. The language is somewhat sophisticated for many upper elementary readers, but it's a quick read, and less complex than The False Prince, which follows a similar plot line.
"When he was gone, I thought on the friar's words, that I was becoming what I was and am meant to be. It made me think on what I had been and how I had changed. What fun it would be to show off to the Tackleys. Then I realized with the friar gone I had a chance to do just that."
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