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The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet Hardcover – January 7, 2010
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What's more, Hamlet's English and history classes are embarking on an interdisciplinary "Salute to Shakespeare," complete with assignments to create a scale model of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (Hamlet's dad already has several in the basement) and to perform scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hamlet never thought she had anything in common with her Shakespeare-obsessed parents or with her freakily talented little sister. But when Hamlet is singled out for the natural skill and fluency with which she reads the Bard's immortal words, she starts to realize that she --- and not just her unusual family --- might be worthy of attention.
To top off Hamlet's confusion and embarrassment, someone has been leaving cute little origami pigs (Get it? Ham?) in her locker. Is it a secret admirer or someone making fun of her? And how about prodigy Dezzie's newfound "friendship" with popular girls Saber and Mauri?Read more ›
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 :)
So far, eighth grade has not been a stellar year.
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet is a very funny book, yet moving at the same time. I caught myself laughing frequently at this book during silent reading time. The writing in this book is very witty, and Hamlet's absurd parents are deservedly the butt of many jokes. I also found myself really mad at Hamlet's parents during parts of this book for their selfish behavior.
I read this book because I wanted to put it on my summer reading list, and I'm glad that I did. Although it's written for a younger audience than most of the books that I read, the novel really captures just how hard it can be to be fourteen years old. And though the overall book is funny, there are also very moving sections as Hamlet struggles to deal with her classmates, her teachers, and her family. This is one of those middle grade novels that really captures just how difficult those early teen years are. Middle school readers should definitely check out this book.
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I really loved this book. It showed that life isn't always what it seems. I also loved that everyone one acted how real teenagers act it wasn't dressed up or dressed down it was... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Charlotte
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This book is an amazing drama packed epic novel with... Shakespeare? A must read book. I didn't want it to end! 💜📖Published 16 months ago by Vadim Kligman
It was kinda boring at first but you just gotta get into the story. Trust me, it gets very interesting.Published 20 months ago by Len
this was a great book I loved it so much but the Shakespeare kinda thing I have to admit that it was a little weird I would recommend this book to people who like realistic fictionPublished 20 months ago by Lucy Snow