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  • Series: AWARDS: Arkansas Teen Awards 2011
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; First Edition edition (October 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599903474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599903477
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 8 Up—This reworking of Macbeth is told in alternating points of view by Albia, Macbeth's daughter, and Grelach, her mother and Macbeth's wife. Because Albia is born with a crippled foot, Macbeth orders that she be killed. Grelach's servant rescues her, and she is raised by Rhuven's sisters. Albia grows up ignorant of her true heritage, believing herself to be Geillis's daughter. She realizes that she has second sight, and she begins to foresee terrifying, bloody events that are to come. After Macbeth murders King Duncan, Geillis sends her to be fostered by Banquo and his family. As the Scottish kingdom falls into even greater disorder under Macbeth's tyranny, Albia finds out the truth about her birth, and she must decide if she should use her gifts to overthrow her father and help bring order to the realm once again. A number of sections of the book are based directly on scenes from the play. This is a strong feminist reenvisioning of the original that raises issues about the treatment and social positions of women at the time. Grelach, Lady Macbeth, is far more sympathetic than in Shakespeare's version, and Albia is a compelling character who fights for the good of her country and refuses to allow anyone to use her as a political pawn. Klein has gone to historical sources predating Shakespeare's primary source, Holinshed's Chronicles, and has restored some of the history Shakespeare changed, most notably by including the character of Luoch, Grelach's son by her first husband. A great choice for teen book groups.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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About the Author

Lisa Klein is the author of Ophelia and Two Girls of Gettysburg. A former professor of English, she lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.


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I am a lifelong reader and lover of words who said to myself one day, "Maybe I can write a novel." So in 2001 I sat down and began writing Ophelia, which was published in 2006. By that time I had completed a Ph.D., taught English literature as an assistant professor for nine years, married, had two sons, and finished two nonfiction books. Oh, and read more books than I can possibly recall. But one of my favorites growing up was Gone With the Wind, which I read seven times as a teenager. Thirty-odd years later, I wrote my own Civil War novel, Two Girls of Gettysburg. And the high-school parody of Macbeth that won our class first place in the homecoming skit competition eventually morphed into more sophisticated retellings of Shakespeare: Ophelia and Lady Macbeth's Daughter. I love doing research for my novels and retelling history and Shakespeare's plays from a fresh, female-centered perspective.
I live in Columbus, Ohio with my husband, two teenage sons, a dog and a cat.
You can visit my website at www.authorlisaklein.com.

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Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a terrific read.
Margaret McMullan
Overall I think Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a thrilling novel dripping with romance and adventure and a surprising twist.
Books and Literature for Teens (BLT)
Klein wants to show the impact of a strong female character in a Shakespeare play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Books and Literature for Teens (BLT) on May 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My first Klein book was Two Girls of Gettysburg. The end was breathtaking. Lady MacBeth's Daughter? An absolute masterpiece. I think Shakespeare would be happy to know that Macbeth is being enjoyed by teens once again. Filled with emotion and a exciting dramatic climax, Klein has done it again with this historical and mythical tale of Scotland's murderous king. Aliba, our heroine, is faced with a series of difficult choices; with every decision, the plot takes a another nail-biting turn. I love historical fiction because you always get a little something out of it, if not a lot. You get to wander through a past time period and enjoy an adventure. I usually like historical fiction--even if it is a bit slow at times--but that's just me. For those who like to be kept on the edge of your seat, well good news! Albia doesn't wait for adventure to happen, she finds it! Even hesitant readers might want to take a look at this book! Overall I think Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a thrilling novel dripping with romance and adventure and a surprising twist. I have not yet read Shakespeare's Macbeth, but this book is sure to help me through it or better yet, help bring it to life.

|Age Group: YA, ages 14+|Content: Sensuality; not recommend for anyone under 13 (PG-13)|
|Recommend? Yes, to teen ages 14+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tito Estrago on January 27, 2011
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This is my first review of anything other than when you are asked to rate sellers. This story was awesome! Macbeth has always been my favorite work by Shakespeare and this book makes a great companion to Macbeth by providing some backstory and filling in some blanks in that tragedy. You don't need to read Macbeth to love this story though because it stands as its own independent work. I have grown weary of novels written in the first-person, but this was much better as the point-of-view alternated between two characters-Lady Macbeth and her daughter, Albia. I would love to see another story with Albia in it about her life after the events of Macbeth. I will definitely be chekcing out other works by this author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret McMullan on November 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a terrific read. I love how the author winks at readers who have read Macbeth and other Shakespeare -- there are the trees, the "witches," the "ghosts," the blood that keeps coming, the spot that won't go away. And we discover some great back-story to that fascinating woman, Lady Macbeth. At last, she is sympathetic! But you don't have to read Macbeth to read Lady Macbeth's Daughter. This is just a really good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on November 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Albia is secretly the daughter of Macbeth, but thanks to a deformity at birth, she was taken away from Lady Macbeth and secretly sent to live with three mysterious sisters. There, she lives quietly, until disorder comes to Scotland and Macbeth wants to consult with these sisters to learn his fortune. Albia is sent away and she falls in love her father's opponent...and discovers strange powers. She must make a choice--become involved, or ignore what she foresees.

Lady Macbeth's Daughter is a riveting, interesting, and very entertaining story that is complex, yet is seamlessly aligned with William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Albia is a strong, likable heroine, and her story and voice are compelling. Klein's writing is very detailed, and the novel develops between two points of view, Albia's and occasionally Lady Macbeth's. There is a lot of character growth as Albia matures and learns the truth about her parents and their natures, and also grapples with her feelings for Fleance. Though the romance was not especially deep or memorable, it was sweet.

Klein's novel is very clever and one can't help but admire her for the way she builds her characters, each event in the book somehow shaping and forming who they are and how the act. Her character development and more in depth examination of these characters may be interesting for some, as Shakespeare oftentimes leaves his character motivations vague and undefined. After reading this story, readers may come away with a better understanding of each character and the story of Macbeth. This is a very insightful, remarkable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Woodard on October 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Albia grew up with no knowledge of her mother or father. She didn't know that he was the powerful Macbeth. Instead, she knows the dark lures of Wychelm Wood and the moors, where she has been raised by three strange sisters. Macbeth seeks out the sisters to foretell his fate that Albia's life is tangled in with. She even falls in love with Fleance, Macbeth's Rival for the throne. Albia learns that she has second sight and she must decide whether to ignore the terrible future she foresees or she'll have to change it. Will she be able to save the man she loves from her murderous father. And can she forgive her parents for all their wrongs, or must she destroy them in order to save Scotland?
I love a retelling of another book. Practically Shakespeare's books, because it is interesting to be in someone else's shoes. Lady Macbeth's Daughter kept with the storyline well and was very entertaining. Albia is a very kick ass girl for before the Renaissance. I loved her personality and how she was such a free spirit. I also loved how the relationship with Albia and Fleance developed. It was very cute. I also liked how Macbeth was developed. It was awesome that it was from other character's view, then just Albia. The plot made it such a quick and interesting read. I also think that this was an original retelling of Macbeth. The writing was also well detailed. I would check this book out, if you are looking for a strong independent female character.
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