Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Wright, Randall.
New York : Henry Holt, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 6.6
ISBN 0805072322
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Life in the middle ages was not easy.  And if you were physically deformed, it could be downright brutal.  Young Hodge has a deformed back which causes a hunch.  Although he dreams of serving a royal prince someday, his reality is mucking out the privy and other equally loathsome tasks at Castle Marlby.  And then it happens.  Young Prince Leo arrives at the castle and is hidden away.  Hodge becomes his servant and spends hours with the prince and is fiercely loyal to him.  But why is the prince at the castle?  Is he in exile?  Is he a prisoner?  And how much danger is Hodge in when he is blinded by his loyalty?
SUBJECTS:     People with disabilities -- Fiction.
                        Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Princes -- Fiction.
                        Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
                        Adventure and adventurers -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
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