Day 1 out of 7 of reading YA: The Accidental Highwayman
Sixteen year old Kit Bristol lives a routine and somewhat boring life as a manservant of a humble lord until the day he finds his master dying on the kitchen floor. Only then does he realize that his master was not only a lord but also the notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. After being mistaken for Whistling Jack time and time again, Kit finds himself on the run from redcoats and tasked with his master’s mission, rescuing a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England.
It’s rare to find a YA novel you can describe as swashbuckling, but The Accidental Highwayman fits the bill. Tripp’s use of historical details and fairy-tale elements give the book a familiar and realistic feel topped off with a giant dose of whimsy. Add that to Kit being the kind of heroic character you can root for, an interesting cast of characters, and illustrations weaved throughout the story, and you have a good read.
I would recommend this book to fans of The Princess Bride, Treasure Island, or other adventure tales. The Accidental Highwayman provides a good escape from reality and places readers into an 18th century England quite different than the ones mentioned in history books. I mean the full “title” on the cover reads: The Accidental Highwayman Being the Tale of Kit Bristol, His Horse Midnight, A Mysterious Princess, and Sundry Magical Persons Besides. You kind of expect a jaunty spirited read.
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