“The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape From The Tower Of London” by Elvira Woodruff
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction, Historical Fiction
Summary from Goodreads:
It’s 1735. Forrest Harper’s life inside the Tower of London consists of three ways to pass the time: chores, chores, and more chores. His only friends are the spirited ravens he tends with his father. So when vicious Scottish Rebels are captured, Forrest can’t wait to prove himself by standing guard. If only Forrest’s prisoner hadn’t turned out to be the noble and daring Maddy. And if only Maddy wasn’t about to be executed. . . .
Now, as Forrest chooses between friendship and family, safety and escape, he and Maddy must flee, somehow navigating the cold, dank corridors of the Tower.
Nice little historical fiction story. It was a good illustration of the right thing to do isn’t the easy thing to do. Maddy might be the daughter of a Scottish Rebel but that doesn’t mean she should be executed for it. Forrest is faced with the choice of ignoring an innocent girl or committing treason. The story was interesting enough but the characters and their development was a bit lackluster. The author did a decent job with only 200 pages.
The bottom line? Good quick historical fiction story about friendship.