Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Saving Hamlet Hardcover – November 1, 2016
From timeless classics to new favorites, find children's books for every age and stage. See more
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—With her short new haircut and black clothes, Emma is ready to put her soccer days behind her and join the ranks of theater geeks as stage manager for her high school's student-directed production of Hamlet. However, when her best friend Lulu loses the lead to inexperienced soccer star Josh, problems begin. Already feeling vulnerable after her parents ground her for kissing a girl, Lulu snaps when Emma starts coaching Josh and then breaks off their friendship. Even worse, Emma discovers that Brandon, her crush, is gay, so her romantic prospects seem doomed. Perspective comes when Emma falls through an onstage trapdoor, traveling back in time to Elizabethan England, where she becomes assistant bookkeeper to Master Wick during a Globe Theatre performance of Hamlet. Seeing Shakespeare himself in action, she learns much about stagecraft and the true meaning of the play, knowledge that helps her salvage her school's and the Globe's productions and clarifies her romantic feelings. The well-paced narrative should have wide appeal for teen thespians. Although the initial premise seems a bit far-fetched, the major characters are well drawn and believable. The added time travel layer allows Booth to provide historical and interpretive information about the play, thereby making Shakespeare's poetry comprehensible. Less savory parts of Elizabethan life are included to help Emma realize that, despite her travails, she belongs in modern times. VERDICT This nicely plotted story with a strong female protagonist deserves a place in most YA collections.—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence
* "Fans of the Bard will relish this evocative and witty time-travel tale. . . . As enlightening as it is enjoyable, this whimsical novel deserves applause of its own."―Publishers Weekly, starred review "I love, love, love SAVING HAMLET. I love its characters--smart, sassy, irreverent--and its gender-bending both in the 21st and 17th centuries. I love its intelligent take on high school theater geeks. And I know just which granddaughter is getting a copy of this book."
"Emma is an easy-to-root-for heroine whose struggles will resonate with teens, drama geeks or otherwise. . . . A fun, imaginative debut."―Booklist
* "This entertaining and original novel deals not just with growing up, but with a fresh and different interpretation of 'to be or not to be.'"―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"I love, love, love SAVING HAMLET. I love its characters--smart, sassy, irreverent--and its gender-bending both in the 21st and 17th centuries. I love its intelligent take on high school theater geeks. And I know just which granddaughter is getting a copy of this book."―Jane Yolen, author of The Devil's Arithmetic, Sword of the Rightful King, Owl Moon
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Molly Booth’s SAVING HAMLET is a delightful, dramatic surprise. The premise sounded fun, and I wasn’t expecting the incredible depth and emotion SAVING HAMLET captures. Friendship is perhaps the most prominent theme throughout, and Booth navigates the different characters (and timelines) expertly. No one is perfect, but Emma battles with seeing a character or two through rose-tainted glasses. On the opposite side, she also sees humanity and surprise in characters she never expected to, and she frequently must battle with her first (and sometimes second and third) impressions of the people around her.
Most notably, however, is Emma’s relationship with herself. She’s been abandoned and betrayed by friends, and she’s unexpectedly given responsibility she wasn’t anticipating. Though she begins believing a personality overhaul is due, she slowly discovers new facets she already has within herself. She learns to voice her opinions and to trust in her instincts.
With humor, excellent nuances of friendship, and a fun, light time-travel element, SAVING HAMLET is a touching story about finding your strength, standing your ground, and learning through the Bard.
If you think an ordinary sophomore year in high school is hard, try adding a disastrous theater production, losing your best friend, and some accidental time travel into the mix. And Shakespeare. As in, the real Shakespeare, the guy with the goatee and the quill pen and the frilly shirt, walking around in Elizabethan England at the Globe Theater, where you also happen to unexpectedly find yourself.
Put it all together, and Drama Club techie Emma Allen's got a massive problem. But she's not the only one! Everyone in the modern production of "Hamlet" at her high school has issues that seem insurmountable...but the key to at least some of them may lie in the Shakespearean past, or even in the lessons of the play itself.
Author Molly Booth's celebration of friendship, love, drama and coming-of-age is at times a hilarious romp...but it's also a sensitive exploration of how to accept who you really are, in spite of the troubles and misunderstandings of people around you. She weaves parallels between the modern journey of Emma and her friends, with the age-old tale of Hamlet and his perilous, doomed passage into troubled manhood, with a very light --but sure-- touch.
I found myself tense with anticipation over the question of how Emma and her friends could possibly sort it all out. But here's a promise: no one dies at the tip of a poisoned sword at the end.
And to complete my reading joy, Booth's deadpan humor was always waiting in the wings to make me snort-laugh on almost every page.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for any YA book that is a retelling of or incorporates Shakespeare.Read more
Quirky, interesting characters!Read more