- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0750 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books (January 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142417483
- ISBN-13: 978-0142417485
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
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The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet Paperback – January 6, 2011
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Hamlet believably grows to fit the new challenges in her life, and her frustrations, presented in a good-humored, first-person narrative, are entertainingly contained within the three Shakespearean(ish) acts of this amusing tale...
[Hamlet's] emotions will resonate with anyone who has been embarrassed by family or confused by boys. --Publisher's Weekly
I totally, untragically, LOVED Hamlet! --Lauren Myracle, best-selling author
About the Author
Erin Dionne is an assistant professor of liberal arts at a small college north of Boston, where she teaches freshman comp, lit classes, and some creative writing electives. When not actively promoting her writing with great humor and enthusiastic understanding of the magic and miseries of middle school, Erin reminisces about her days in high school and college marching band. She lives with her husband and daughter in Framingham, Massachusetts.
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Dezzie (Hamlet's sister) doesn't have much experience with kids her age (or in this case older kids) so she has no idea how to act because her parents have always homeschooled her (and they are obsessed with Shakespeare so they aren't the most normal people ever).
But when she goes to Ho-Ho (the middle school) she surprises everyone by becoming friends with the most popular girls in school. But when Hamlet discovers that they are using Dezzie for her brains so they can pass English, Hamlet tries to protect Dezzie.
With Hamlet' s best friend Ty acting weird, her failing grade in algebra, her troubles with her Shakespeare-obsessed parents, her newly found greatness in acting, and many other problems, Hamlet knows she can't protect Dezzie forever. Will Dezzie accept that Mauri and Saber don't really want to be her friends and end it, and will Hamlet be able to deal with all her problems? Read this really great book to see!
I would recommend this book to girls ages 10-14 just because there are a lot of hard words that younger kids probably won't understand. I'm 13 and I thought it was really good :)
The writing is very fluid, it's an easy read, with lots of laughs and sweet moments.
Hamlet is probably the funniest 13 yo I've encountered so far in any book. She just wants to blend in, but that is kind of hard with a sister like hers. Or with parents like hers. Or with a talent like hers.
Dezzie is the perfect model of the-sibling-who-has-it-all. She gets her parents attention, the complements, the credit... Yet, she's only seven, and what I liked the most about it is that she is fooled. She is naïve, just a child. A child genius, but still a child.
Hamlet's got some troubles. I loved the part where her talent is discovered. It's hilarious, and yet, I think Ms Dionne got Hamlet's reaction just right.
I don't usually talk about the covers but this time I have to. It captures the whole I-wanna-get-out-of-this-sticky-shakespearean-situation really well.
I recommend this if you want a fluffy funny Middle Grade girls novel.