Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

Even though I do not regularly participate in theatre, I do play in the pit orchestra at my school so it was fun to get to see the other side of what goes on when we put on the school plays. After reading Hamlet in class, Shakespeare has become less of a mystery to me and I have been able to appreciate his writing in a new way. This book helped bridge that gap, by not only bringing it into modern day, but into high school, which is often where people first encounter Shakespeare. In the book, Emma, is the assistant stage manager of her school’s production of Hamlet. While working for the play, she falls into the trap door and accidently travels in time back to the Globe Theatre. Here she gets to see Hamlet and Shakespeare in its original form. Throughout the book Emma travels back and forth between the two times. Each time teaches her a lot about herself. Time travel might seem kind of random for a book  about theatre, but it had just the right amount , making it interesting, yet not trying to explain too much. Another aspect of this book is that it shows how to be a good friend and ally. Emma’s best friend’ parents do not approve of her identity, and Emma supports her friend throughout this book. I think that this book is a great model on how to be an ally, Emma is not perfect every minute, but she gives her friend a safe space to be in and supports her. I would highly recommend this book even if you are not a theatre or Shakespeare nerd.

 

$10.69
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