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The year is 1735 and Forrest
Harper is the son of a prison guard and Ravenmaster at the Tower of London.
A ravenmaster takes care of the ravens that live within the prison.
To become a ravenmaster is not easy because in order to understand the
ravens, you must first gain their trust. Eleven year old Forrest
has a pet raven named Tuck. Living within the walls of this prison
is very lonely for Forrest. But he has his family, his raven, Tuck,
and the friendship of Ned, a young chimney sweep. But that is still
not enough for Forrest. He dreams of someday leaving the prison walls
and towers. When Forrest hears that captured Scottish rebels will
be coming to his prison, he is thrilled. He will see firsthand the
dangerous and hated Scots who are to be executed. One of the prisoners
is a girl about Forrest’s age. Forrest’s job is to take food
to this rebel. Her name is Maddy and as Forrest learns more about
her, he learns that the Scots are not monsters and he becomes friends with
her. When he learns that Maddy will be executed, he must decide whether
to risk being a traitor to his family and country or to ignore what he
feels is right. Forrest is faced with a moral dilemma that
even most adults would have a hard time trying to figure out. To
find out Forrest’s decision and to get a glimpse of what life was like
in London during this time, read “The Ravenmaster’s Secret” by Elvira Woodruff.
(New Hampshire Great
Stone Face committee, 2005-2006)
year old Forrest lives at the Tower
of London, which in 1735
has a jail and execution grounds. His job is to help his father, the Ravenmaster,
take food to the prisoners and tend the Tower birds. However, when their
newest prisoner turns out to be the young daughter of a Scottish rebel,
Forrest begins to question the terrible things he's always heard about
Scots. He befriends Maddy, and when her father and uncle are murdered trying
to escape, he swears to help her escape, despite an inevitable treason
conviction if he's caught. Black-eyed
Susan Award nominee 2005-2006
Eleven-year-old Forrest Harper lives with his family at the Tower of London.
Forrest helps the ravenmaster, Forrest’s dad, to tend to the ravens and
to guard prisoners at the tower. When Forrest finds out that there newest
prisoner is a Scottish Rebel, Forrest can’t wait to stand guard to prove
his loyalty and courage.
But the prisoner turns out to be Maddy, an eleven-year-old girl. As Forrest
tends to her, they become friends. When Forrest finds out that she is slated
for execution, he is left with a choice: should he let his friend die,
or should he and his friend Rat help her escape? Will Forrest solve his
This book is a great story
especially if you like the middle ages or adventure books.
I recommend it! (Hunter
Widmer, Meeker Elementary)