The Executioner's Daughter

The Executioner's Daughter

Book - 2014
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"The crowds at the Tower of London love nothing better than watching an execution. Preferably while eating a pie. Not Moss. She'll never get used to beheadings, no matter what Pa says. She watches the river as it flows past and longs to escape. Salter lives on the river. Using his wits and his boat, he believes that life is mostly about staying alive, and if that means stealing -- well, that's life! But danger is lurking on the riverbank, and its murky depths hide a secret that could change everything . . ." -- page [4] of cover
Publisher: London : Egmont UK Limited, 2014
ISBN: 9781405268288
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 20 cm


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ArapahoeKelsey Aug 09, 2016

Moss lives with her father in the Tower of London, where her dad works as the executioner and Moss collects the heads in a basket. No 11 year old would ever wish for this life, and Moss certainly does not. She has grown up believing they are prisoners who can never the same time she has grown up hearing stories of the Riverwitch--the ghost of a mother who had her son torn from her arms. She now waits in the river for children she can hold onto...including Moss.

This historical fiction is a really interesting twist on London in the 1500s with King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the Tower of London. I couldn't stop reading as more and more secrets about Moss came to light and she found out who she is, where she's from, and where she's going.

Moss struggles with a lot in this story, and she works incredibly hard to find the truth and be the person she wants to be.

JCLKatieS Jul 20, 2016

Moss is just a girl who wishes more for her life than catching the heads that roll during the executions which her father performs. Once she's had the opportunity to leave the Tower of London, where she and her father live, she can never stay. But there's a reason why she is meant to stay within the walls, even if she doesn't like it. Moss turns into an ambitious young lady who befriends a foul-mouthed boy and takes on a legend against all of the odds. It's a fun adventure for young kids; however, there is some violence.

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