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Kissing Shakespeare

by Pamela Mingle

Random House Children's Books | October 29, 2013 | Hardcover

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A romantic time travel story that''s ideal for fans of novels by Meg Cabot and Donna Jo Napoli--and, of course, Shakespeare.

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school''s staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she''d like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he''s a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England-the world Stephen''s really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn''t convinced she''s the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it''s her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn''t bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.35 × 2.74 × 0.48 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385741960

ISBN - 13: 9780385741965

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Kissing Shakespeare

by Pamela Mingle

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 3.35 × 2.74 × 0.48 in

Published: October 29, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385741960

ISBN - 13: 9780385741965

About the Book

Although her parents are renowned Shakespearean actors, Miranda's performance in a school play is disastrous. But before she can get away to hide, Stephen, a castmate, whisks her to 16th-century England to meetNand saveNthe young Will Shakespeare.

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Chapter One Boston, Present Day I was all alone backstage. Flinging props and costumes around, slamming cupboard doors, kicking a row of empty water bottles. I’d planned to clean up, but instead I was wrecking everything. We opened The Taming of the Shrew tonight. A few months back, when I found out I’d gotten the role of Katherine, I knew I was headed for trouble. I hadn’t even auditioned for it. I wanted to play Bianca, the sweet daughter, the one all the suitors are after. But Mr. Finley, our drama teacher, wouldn’t even consider it. “Miranda, you will play Katherine,” he’d said. “The role was one of your mother’s triumphs, and you must carry on the tradition.” Inside, I’d fumed. My mother again. It was always about her. So here it was, opening night, and I’d totally screwed up. Rather than playing Katherine with the subtleties the role deserved, I’d played her as the traditional shrew turned submissive. The woman completely tamed by her husband. Afraid to make the role my own, I practically sleepwalked through the performance. When the curtain fell, I raced offstage, defying anybody to look at me. No way could I deal with polite smiles, insincere congratulations, and, worst of all, pitying eyes that quickly darted away. My cell phone vibrated in my jeans pocket. It was Macy, my friend and fellow actor, so I answered. “Miranda? Are you all right?” “Yeah,” I fibbed. I hated
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A romantic time travel story that''s ideal for fans of novels by Meg Cabot and Donna Jo Napoli--and, of course, Shakespeare.

Miranda has Shakespeare in her blood: she hopes one day to become a Shakespearean actor like her famous parents. At least, she does until her disastrous performance in her school''s staging of The Taming of the Shrew. Humiliated, Miranda skips the opening-night party. All she wants to do is hide.

Fellow cast member, Stephen Langford, has other plans for Miranda. When he steps out of the backstage shadows and asks if she''d like to meet Shakespeare, Miranda thinks he''s a total nutcase. But before she can object, Stephen whisks her back to 16th century England-the world Stephen''s really from. He wants Miranda to use her acting talents and modern-day charms on the young Will Shakespeare. Without her help, Stephen claims, the world will lost its greatest playwright.

Miranda isn''t convinced she''s the girl for the job. Why would Shakespeare care about her? And just who is this infuriating time traveler, Stephen Langford? Reluctantly, she agrees to help, knowing that it''s her only chance of getting back to the present and her "real" life. What Miranda doesn''t bargain for is finding true love . . . with no acting required.

About the Author

PAMELA MINGLE is a former teacher and librarian. Kissing Shakespeare is her first novel.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal, August 2012:
"This novel is definitely a cut above the typical teen romance. A delightful story about star-crossed, time-traveling lovers."

Booklist, September 15, 2012:
"Mingle remains true to the history and events of the era, thus revealing the challenge of living in a time of religious persecution and suppression of women."
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