King of Shadows by Susan Cooper is about an 11 year-old boy who is part of the Company of boys, a group of boys who are rehearsing to perform Shakespeare’s plays. It is first set in the late 20th century but after Nathan gets the Bubonic plague, he goes back in time to 1599. He works with William Shakespeare and makes new friends, but he still misses his life in the 20th century. He also wonders if he will ever be able to return to his old life. Everything is so different in the 16th; no light bulbs or television and very brutal punishments. So how is he supposed to act like a boy from the Elizabethan Era?