When son #1 was in fourth grade his teacher read “The Whipping Boy” to the class. The story of an orphan Jemmy, who must take the whippings for the royal heir, Prince Brat. Jemmy plans to flee this arrangement until Prince Brat beats him to it, and takes Jemmy along. Jemmy then hears he’s charged with the Prince’s abduction as this Newbery Medal winning book turns toward a surprise ending.
Son #1 was so excited about the book he ran home to tell us about it. He decided enhance his presentation by trying to find some information on the internet to show us as well. Now it won’t take too much of an imagination to figure out what my son found when he began searching for “Whipping Boy” on the internet. I am just thankful we caught him before he saw anything that we had to explain.
So Rest in Peace Mr. Fleishman and for all of you budding authors out there think carefully before you pick a title for your book.
Writing on the Sidewalk.