Booklist named Cheaney’s The Playmaker one of 2000’s ten best first novels for young adults, saying: “This challenging, extremely well-researched coming-of-age tale will enrich theater, literature, and history courses.”
“J. B. Cheaney vividly presents the sights, smells and sounds of late 16th-century London and particularly brings the theatrical world to life.” –Chicago Tribune on The Playmaker
“A thrilling story of cutpurses, highwaymen, murder, intrigue, and eventually the midnight dismantling of the Burbage’s Theater.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A treat for sophisticated readers. The plot twists are ingenious; the style evokes the Elizabethan period without overwhelming the story.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“J. B. Cheaney has a magical ability to conjure up an unfamiliar place. . . . The True Prince was a joy to read, tense and touching and wise.”—Karen Cushman
From the Trade Paperback edition.