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By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Jonah, Katherine, Chip, and one other boy, Alex, don't have any education prior to they're despatched again to 1483 on the Tower of London, with the promise that they could go back to the current in the event that they can fix heritage. They quick become aware of that Chip and Alex’s precise identities are the 13-year-old King Edward V and his 10-year-old brother, Richard, Duke of York. yet earlier than Chip can get pleasure from being the king of britain, they realize that they're almost prisoners—and that their uncle desires them useless. How can the youngsters fix time and go back domestic whilst in response to heritage, Chip and Alex have been murdered?

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That’s diverse. ” The queen—or queen-to-be—was a frail, sickly-looking lady with thinning hair and deep traces in her face. however the approach she smiled at her husband virtually made Jonah suppose undesirable approximately what they have been approximately to do to him. a few men in robes—priests? —began chanting, after which Richard and his spouse went to kneel on the altar. “Maybe you shouldn’t . . . ,” Jonah all started in a gentle voice. Chip flashed him a filthy glance and went to crouch beside Richard. From his place by means of the statues Jonah might listen each notice Chip acknowledged. “You don't should be king,” Chip hissed at once into his uncle’s ear. “After what you had performed for your nephews, you don’t should dwell. All this pomp and ceremony—bah! it's for naught. the group could cheer you currently, yet they are going to jeer after they recognize your sins. . . . ” Richard stayed on his knees, yet he jerked to awareness. keeping apart from a relaxed, devout-looking tracer, he peered round, anything like panic on his face. “Oh, sure, you'll be chanced on out,” Chip murmured. “And then . . . then you definitely will die a poor dying, as poor because the loss of life you gave your nephews. ” “Begone! ” Richard muttered via clenched the teeth, glancing round back. “Plague me no longer! ” “I will plague you each time i need! ” Chip acknowledged, his voice emerging. Jonah idea might be the various clergymen had heard him too, simply because they stopped in the course of their chanting, growing extra tracers. Richard regarded again at them. “Leave me,” he commanded. “I require time to hope. on my own. ” The monks and the nobles exchanged baffled glances. This was once obviously an strange request. “I . . . i'm including a brand new half to the coronation ceremony,” Richard stated. “I used to be encouraged, kneeling the following, to grasp king wishes time by myself in communion with God. ” “But—,” a clergyman ventured timidly. “Go! ” Richard ordered. At that they started submitting out of the shrine, leaving their tracers in the back of. merely the guy with the crown remained. “You, too, Buckingham! ” Richard commanded. “Oh, er, i presumed I . . . ” Richard pointed on the door, and Buckingham scurried out with the others. Jonah wasn’t yes what he anticipated Richard to do subsequent. yet once each person else was once long gone, he threw himself opposed to the stone altar, thoroughly except the entire ghostly tracers. “Dear Father,” he moaned. “Thou knowest—” “God knoweth every little thing you’ve ever performed! ” Chip interrupted. “Please! i'm a godly guy! ” Richard begged. “Do godly males kill little ones? ” Chip sneered. Richard slowly raised his head, his brown hair splaying out on his shoulders. “I didn’t . . . it used to be no longer I who . . . ” He used to be virtually weeping now, deep in ache. “What wouldst Thou have me do? ” “Renounce the throne! ” Chip commanded. Richard iced up. while he spoke back, he appeared like he used to be making an attempt very tough to manage his voice. “Renounce it in whose desire? ” he requested. “Who else might defend England so good as I? All i've got performed, i've got performed for the nice of my nation. ” “That’s what traitors constantly inform themselves,” Chip acknowledged scornfully. Jonah was once surprised that Chip might sound so robust and authoritative.

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