Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8Y5.062646
Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average, happy, vanilla eighth grader. But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century, that’s not terribly easy. It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet’s genius seven year-old sister will attend middle school with her— and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor. By the time an in-class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she—like her family—is anything but average.

In a novel every bit as funny as her debut, Erin Dionne has created another eighth grader whose situation is utterly unique—but whose foibles and farces will resound with every girl currently suffering through middle school.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on January 7, 2010 by Dial
ISBN-10: 0803732988
ISBN-13: 9780803732988
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  • crystal66
    crystal66Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm
    really good book ! first not so fun then you just catch on!
    • kblol
      kblolTuesday, January 24, 2012 at 5:10 am
      Hamlet thinks about her life, her parents, her genius sister who is, but shouldn't be, in her high school. She thinks about her name and who let her parents just name and innocent baby girl Hamlet.
      • luv2bme
        luv2bmeFriday, November 4, 2011 at 3:34 pm
        I absolutely LOVE this book. I know you won't be able to completely connect with Hamlet's situation but I bet older sisters can definitely relate in someway. READ THE BOOK!