Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shakespeare Spin-offs

All the World's A Stage (Gretchen Woelfle, 2011)--Twelve-year old boy works at Globe Theatre in England in 1598.

Exposure (Mal Peet, 2009)--Soccer star Otello and his wife Desdemona get deceived by Otello's calculating agent.

The Fool's Girl (Celia Rees, 2010)--Violette and Feste search for a priceless religious relic, which has been stolen by Malvolio, who is involved in a plot to murder the Queen. A modern sequel to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

The Juliet Club (Suzanne Harper, 2008)--16-year old Kate wins an essay contest at school that sends her to spend the summer in Verona, Italy to study Romeo and Juliet.

Lady Macbeth's Daughter (Lisa Klein, 2009)--In this one, Macbeth has a daughter. Banished and then rescued at birth, Albia is raised by three strange sisters and as a teen, confronts her parents and seeks to save Scotland from tyranny. Lady Macbeth and Albia tell their sides of the story in alternating chapters.

Ophelia (Lisa Klein, 2006)--The story of Hamlet told by Ophelia, who loves him. A former English professor at Ohio State, Klein really knows Shakespeare.

The Wednesday Wars (Gary Schmidt, 2007)--As the only Presbyterian student in his school, Holling Hoodhood is unable to attend Catechism classes or Hebrew School, which every other student goes to on Wednesday afternoons. Instead, Holling must spend Wednesday afternoons in detention studying Shakespeare's plays with his hated English teacher, Ms. Baker.

Romiette and Julio (Sharon Draper, 1999)--Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, meet and fall in love online. After discovering they attend the same high school, they are harassed by a gang whose members object to their interracial dating.

Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet (Erin Dionne, 2010)--Eighth grader Hamlet is embarrassed when her parents are (obviously) Shakespeare enthusiasts and regular attendees of Renaissance Festivals and her genius 7-year old sister begin attending Hamlet's school.

The Juliet Spell (Douglas Rees, 2011)-- Desperate to play Juliet in her community's production of Romeo and Juliet, Miranda performs a "pretend" spell to "Please let me be Juliet" and unwittingly conjures Edmund Shakeshaft, brother to William Shakespeare, into life in the 21st Century.

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