Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Total Tragedy Of A Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

Hamlet Kennedy is starting the 8th grade. Hamlet's goal for the year is to stay under the radar both at school and at home. Unfortunately that is difficult to do in a family like hers. With parents that are Shakespearean scholars and a genius 7-year-old for a sister Hamlet's family is anything but ordinary.

Right from the start Hamlet's school year is destined to ruin her. To start with, her sister Desdemona is starting the school year at Hamlet's school. She will be taking Art and a few other classes along with being supplemented in her education by various tutors. Hamlet's job is to help her sister navigate middle school for the first days until Dezzie(Hamlet's nickname for her sister) knows how to navigate on her own. Also Hamlet is mysteriously receiving origami shaped pigs in her locker. And to top all of that off the big project for the beginning of the school year is Shakespeare. The students will be performing A Midsummer Night's Dream. Hamlet attempts to hide that fact from her parents to try and keep herself from being further embarrassed by her family.

Trying to protect her sister from being used(for her brain) by two mean girls along with trying to figure out who is giving her origami pigs in her locker and keeping her parents in the dark about what is going on at school Hamlet has so much stress that something is about to give.

I thought The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet was so cute! I enjoyed it very much. I felt for Hamlet as she struggles to navigate her school life and her home life. A very delightful read!

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