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Saving Hamlet

by Molly Booth

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth
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  • First Published:
    Nov 2016, 352 pages
    Paperback:
    Nov 7, 2017, 368 pages

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Michelle Anya Anjirbag

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In this time-travel debut young adult novel, identity is explored through Shakespeare's Hamlet, both in a contemporary American high school and England's 17th century Globe Theater.

Saving Hamlet captures the everyday turmoil of being a teenager as deftly as the Bard himself. While Molly Booth's debut is billed as a young adult novel, it speaks to a search for identity in a way that both young adults and those who have long left their teenaged years behind will be able to relate to.

Emma Adams is a shy athlete-turned-theatre-tech who is trying to reinvent herself during her sophomore year. While learning to stage manage the student production of "Hamlet", she unexpectedly finds herself falling through a trap door through time and into London's Globe Theatre during the original staging of one of Shakespeare's most infamous and intricate plays – and the same one her school happens to be producing – "Hamlet."

By experiencing the play from behind the scenes in two time periods, Emma gains a deeper insight into its characters, as well as the friends ...

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