Kissing Shakespeare

Kissing Shakespeare

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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 36.58mm | 462.66g
  • Random House International
  • Ney York, United States
  • English
  • 0385741960
  • 9780385741965
  • 1,016,621

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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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About Pamela Mingle

PAMELA MINGLE is a former teacher and librarian. "Kissing Shakespeare" is her first novel.
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1,321 ratings
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4 30% (393)
3 29% (381)
2 10% (138)
1 6% (76)

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A book featuring William Shakespeare himself has all the makings of Romeo & Juliet. Miranda is from our world, our time. Stephen is from Shakespeare's world. These two are star-crossed and working together in hopes of keeping Shakespeare on the right track. The story started off quickly, wasting no time between introducing us to the main characters and moving through time. We didn't need to know much about Miranda and Stephen and their personalities in order to jump into the main focus of the storyline. The one problem I had with the storyline was why Miranda would be going back in time with Stephen to try to not-alter history. Essentially that's what it boils down to. Shakespeare might not continue on his way to become a famous playwright. Usually time travel books say you shouldn't go back and change anything or else you could alter the future, which makes sense. Though this one says to go back in time in order to be sure the future isn't altered, which makes no sense to me at all. Maybe I missed something, but I went back to check and still couldn't find it. That set aside, it was a cute and quick read. There wasn't a lot of depth and I figured out early on the majority of the mystery surrounding the story, so there wasn't a lot of wondering or looking forward to figuring out how things were going to happen. I was also left wondering how Stephen was going to explain Miranda's lack of presence after she went back to her own time. If you are a fan of Shakespeare, I think that would be the main draw to read this book. You get to see the young Will a bit different than the older Shakespeare we often read about. ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book more
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