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Shakespeare's daughter
Hassinger, Peter.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Laura Geringer Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
310 pages ; 22 cm
Susanna Shakespeare yearns to travel to London like her father, to experience the world of actors and poets and to follow her own dream of singing, a path followed only by men.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.2 8.0 79669.

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Susanna Shakespeare finds the small town of Stratford-upon-Avon much too quiet and provincial. She yearns to travel to London to see her father's world of players and poets, and to follow a secret dream of her own. Once Susanna arrives in London, nothing is quite as she expected it to be -- least of all her relationship with her famous father. But propelled by her love for Thomas Cole, a Catholic chorister, and her desire to sing, Susanna discovers that it is only with the support of those who love her that she has the strength to succeed. Screenwriter Peter W. Hassinger creates a Shakespearean tale rife with imagery and beauty that pays homage to the Bard himself.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. Susan Cooper's ing of Shadows (1999) and. B. Cheaney's The Playmaker (2000) imagined Shakespeare at work. This absorbing story about Shakespeare's eldest daughter presents the playwright in a new role--Shakespeare as dad. Fourteen-year-old Susanna Shakespeare is a passionate singer, but society leaves few options for female choristers. Determined to pursue music, Susanna flees the home to join her father in London. An epic story unfolds, in which Susanna discovers the thrill of performance, her first crush, and her father's infidelity as she unwittingly becomes involved in a dangerous political plot. The story relies on far-fetched coincidences, and Hassinger's rich prose, sprinkled with Elizabethan one-liners, includes some exalted descriptions of music as well as the complicated religious and political intrigue, which may slow some readers. But this involving mystery offers fascinating insight into women's realities in Shakespeare's time, and many readers will recognize Susanna's struggles to reconcile family secrets and her father's betrayals. With an assortment of historical figures making appearances, an author's note separating fact and fiction would have been welcome. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-9-Susanna Shakespeare has problems. The 14-year-old singer can never join a choir in England because she's a girl. Stuck in Stratford with her prim mother and younger twin siblings, she misses her father. A rising playwright, he hardly ever comes home from London. Motivated by the sudden death of her brother Hamnet, Susanna runs away, planning to join her father in the city. However, she takes the wrong road and narrowly escapes rape. Anyone who took "Shakespeare 101" will immediately recognize Susanna's rescuer, Emilia, a pistol-packing dark lady in a carriage, as the object of a famous sonnet sequence. This Dark Lady eventually sees that Susanna is delivered to her father's doorstep in London, but not before revealing that she and Will Shakespeare were once lovers. Meanwhile, handsome Thomas Cole, a brilliant singer, successful chorister, and dangerously secret Catholic, keeps turning up to exchange burning glances and increasingly passionate kisses with Susanna. Can Susanna find friendship with Emilia yet remain loyal to her mother? Can she have it all: a singing career and a devoted husband? Can Thomas escape the clutches of the Queen's secret agent? In spite of his too obvious research into early music and Shakespeare's life and times, Hassinger has created people who speak and behave like characters in a modern soap opera. Implausible plotting and clich?d writing further weaken the story. Stick with Susan Cooper's King of Shadows (McElderry, 1999), which brings emotional truth and historical veracity to a story set in Elizabethan time.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.