The Player King by Avi
4 out of 5 stars
I’m becoming a big Avi fan. The first Avi novel that I read was The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts, which I also rated four stars.
I think he does a fantastic job writing children’s historical fiction. There are so many things that I love about Avi. First, I love his writing style. It reads like an accessible Dickens novel. Second, the world is vivid to the point where you feel like you’re standing side-by-side with the protagonist. Third, the characters are fully developed. You get to know them, flaws and all. And fourth, emotionally, you’re fully invested into the story. You feel everything the characters feel. It feels like the total pack, but I wish the stories were longer.
In my opinion, Avi is a talented writer who is completely underrated. I’d love to see him become more popular, because his talent shouldn’t stay hidden.