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The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named HamletHide from the fact that she like her family is anything but average In a novel every bit as funny as her debut Erin Dionne has created another eighth grader whose situation is utterly uniue but whose foibles and farces will resound with every girl currently suffering through middle schoo When I finished THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET I closed the book still laughing and had a few thoughts1 I wish Erin Dionne had gone to my junior high school From her writing you can just tell that her sense of humor and empathy make her totally the kind of person you'd want to sit with at lunch You'd probably be laughing so hard you'd have milk coming out your nose But it would be worth it Note I've met Erin a couple times at conferencebook signing things and she IS really funny and nice but I'm really just basing this observation on the book2 This book is going to be a great one to share in the classroom because it makes Shakespeare who is really truly funny to kids if you can help them understand how seem like an absolute riot Hamlet Kennedy's parents are Shakespeare scholars which makes 8th grade stressful enough but on top of that her gifted seven year old sister who takes college courses has enrolled at Hamlet's junior high school to meet her arts reuirement There are liberal doses of Shakespearian insults really fun ones sprinkled throughout the book and the whole family also finds perfect times to uote Shakespeare I'm not going to give away my favorite of the uotes since it'd be too much of a spoiler but the end of this book had me laughing and cheering simultaneously3 I loved it This is one that's perfect for kids who want a true middle school book and aren't uite ready for the edgier YA stuff Recommended Reviewed from an ARC that my friend loaned me This book will be released from Dial in Feb 2010

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EBOOK é EPUB The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet ë 9780803732988 ´ Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average happy vanilla eighth grader But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century that’s not teHamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average happy vanilla eighth grader But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century that’s not terribly easy It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet’s Summary of Novel“The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet” by Erin Dionne is an amusing tale that not only captures some of the pitfalls of middle school it conveys a very crucial and excellent moral lesson about fitting in in life and being true to one’s self Hamlet Kennedy the main character and antagonist in this story is entering eighth grade her last year of middle school All she has ever wanted was to fit in and be a normal averaged girl in eighth grade yet that will be extremely difficult considering the fact that her seven year old sister Desdemona is joining her in Howard Hoffer Junior High In addition her parents who are Shakespearean eccentrics will constantly be visiting her to check how her younger sister is doing The reason why Desdemona is joining Hamlet in middle school is because she scored very high on her I test when she was only two years old Also she was supposed to go to college this year yet “Chestnut College wouldn’t let her declare a major unless she took music and art classes” Dionne 6 Knowing that she will be embarrassed in school and with her classmates Hamlet agrees to take care of Desdemona while she accompanies her to her daily classes As they walk from class to class Hamlet constantly reminds Desdemona or Dezzie to act normal and not use any of the Shakespearean uotes she uses at home so she wouldn’t make Hamlet stand out Subseuently in English class Desdemona was told to read a part of Mid Summer Night’s Dream and when she did the whole class looked at her in admiration and awe She read that excerpt so beautifully and fluently that it made it sound as if she practiced reading it for a month Promptly the teacher told her to play Puck in the upcoming play of A Mid Summer Night’s Dream and she accepted; yet her only worry was that she didn’t want her parents to know about this nor to get embroiled with the play On the other hand ever since Hamlet knew Carter her crush she could not stop daydreaming about him He was very handsome and charming which made Hamlet wonder if he was the one who put origami pig letters in her locker She can’t seem to put a finger on which that person was Could it be Cater? She hoped or it might be KC since everyone says he loves Hamlet but can’t express his feelings towards her Meanwhile in Desdemona’s homeroom Saber and Mauri the popular girls in school have been getting closer to her so they can manipulate her into helping them pass classes and get good grades As time passes Desdemona doesn’t figure out what they are doing to her yet Hamlet always tries to make her understand One day while Mauri Saber and Hamlet were arguing the teacher sent them to the principle’s office and got them all into great chaos Fortunately Dezzie and Hamlet both said the truth and ended up with no punishments Finally Desdemona realized that the girls were only using her to get good grades Hence she sought to take revenge and mad a plan with Hamlet They concocted a very cunning plan in which Desdemona would give Saber and Mauri fallacious answers in their homework and notes for their presentations so they can embarrass themselves in front of the whole middle school Conseuently Saber and Mauri found out that Hamlet didn’t want her parents to know that they were studying Shakespeare so they called them in and made Hamlet look so mortified since her mother wore Elizabethan era clothes and marched into school with a tambourine Right after her Mid Summer Night’s Dream rehearsal Hamlet fled away to the counselor’s room weeping She told the counselor all the problems that she is facing and why they are making her feel agitated Later on Hamlet starts gaining her parents’ trust after they accused her of breaking the family globe when it was really Desdemona and her friends Her parents apologized to her and from that day on she started to feel a little spark of comfort between her and her parents Meanwhile Hamlet’s love life was getting very complicated; she heard people say Ty her best friend was in love with her while others said that KC loved her Her head was in complete havoc and then she decided to confront Ty and tell him that she can’t fall in love of him because he is like a brother to her Ty was speechless; he didn’t know what she was talking about Finally they both found out that there was a misinterpretation about who loves whom Ultimately KC admitted that he was the one who dropped the origami pig letters in her locker and that he loved her It was time for the play and for the first time in her life Hamlet felt confident and ready First Saber and Mauri had to talk about the Bard and when they did all the facts they said were wrong because those were the facts from the notes that Desdemona gave them earlier Hamlet played her role in the play and did a fantastic job; she did not miss any lines Mr and Mrs Kennedy were gratified by Hamlet’s actions Thus one can see that the theme in this peculiar story was “ Always be true to who you are even if you don’t fit in” It played a major role in defining the main characters personality and struggle in lifeThemeIn this particular story the theme “Always be true to who you are even if you don’t fit in” played a pivotal role since it conveyed a very crucial message to the audience a message that easily applies to teens today Hamlet wants to fit in in her community and she believes that if she’s a normal averaged girl she can “ fly under the radar” Dionne 21 for the rest of her school year However as the main character grows and develops Hamlet gets know that she needs to accept herself for who she is and not care what the people around her think First when Desdemona joins Hamlet in eighth grade the audience visualizes Hamlet as an insecure girl since she is frightened about what her classmates might think of her Through the author’s direct characterization Erin Dionne describes Hamlet while telling her sister what to do and what to say in certain times and places at her high school “No curtsy this time I’d warned Dezzie on our walk to class” Dionne 16 Subseuently the theme perfectly complements Hamlet’s situation as a middle school teenager because at first she doesn’t accept the fact that her parents come dressed with cloaks and march with tambourines to school because she thinks that her friends will make fun of her and look at her in a different manner Moreover by the end of this novel there is a coming of age that is portrayed by the author Hamlet takes revenge on the popular girls that were using her sister and she ended up being confident and sanguine on stage while performing her Shakespearean play This was shown at the end when Hamlet said “But also uniue creative and distinct Maybe being anything but average wasn’t a total tragedy after all” Dionne 285 All in all one can see that self acceptance played a major role in this novel since it has changed the protagonist’s character and developed the turning point and climax of the storyRecommendationAfter reading “The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet” by Erin Dionne I would recommend this novel mainly to teenagers that are precisely in eighth grade because they might find a connection between their own lives and Hamlet’s They might feel comfortable knowing that they are not the only ones facing certain obstacles while going through a transitional period at this time of their lives Also I believe that this book is relatable to all middle school students yet mostly for the students that are constantly motivated to learn about history and learn new words This is because; this novel reuires the reader to have prior knowledge about Shakespeare in order to understand parts of this book’s content For instance Kennedy’s parents always say “Huzzah” Dionne 290 which signifies cheers or hurray in Shakespearean Next I would endorse this novel to those who are self motivated to always have the determination to look up words in the dictionary since the author uses a variety of high level vocabulary Finally I would advise this novel to the middle school students that enjoy reading about love stories since they would be able to relate to some of Hamlet’s love stories As one can see the novel “The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet” by Erin Dionne is considered a very entertaining and intriguing novel It gives the audience a whole new perspective to see life and relate to multiple characters in the book’s pool of well rounded and dynamic characters

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Genius seven year old sister will attend middle school with her and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor By the time an in class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress Hamlet can no longer Loved the title and the cover art yes I tend to judge a book by it's cover but the book itself was a bit of a disappointment It could have been a kind of fun middle grades read but it seemed a little too silly too melodramatic even for middle school and just overall trying too hard It was hard to sympathize with the whiney protagonist or to really envision an 8 year old her college level intelligent little sister talking or acting the way she did And the parents were just too over the top as well I mean just because they are both Shakespeare professors who really really love their subject matter it doesn't mean you would expect their characters to embrace the dress language and mannerisms of the Shakespearean age Or never allow their children to use contractions Maybe if the author could have thrown in some humor it would have been a worth while read