Thursday, July 9, 2009

Scottish Fantasy and Shakespeare

Two new fiction titles that just have to be read!

The Puzzle Ring Kate Forsyth (PanMacmillan)
This is a joy to read. A wonderfully written historical fantasy that just had to be read.
Hannah is nearly 13 years old and has just received a letter from a great grandmother that she never new existed that sends her and her mother back to her ancestral roots. With Scottish mythology and history, brilliantly woven through this wonderful tale of old castles, fairy hill, a prophecy, a toad, wild magic, a hag stone, a journal filled with old writings, a curse that is over four hundred years old that must be broken, a ring in four parts that must be reunited, a trip back in time to the days of Mary Queen of Scotts, this is a book that fantasy readers and history lovers and readers of delightful adventure and mystery stories will adore.
Also includes end notes on time travel, Mary Queen of Scotts, further reading and even a cake recipe.

Just Macbeth by Andy Griffiths (PanMacmillan)
This is Shakespeare as can only be told by Andy Griffiths.
The Just kids are back and this time taking on Shakespeare's Macbeth! But how do they assume those Macbeth characters? There's murder, madness and mayhem abounding, although not the way Shakespeare created it! Wonderful phrases like "The heart is sorely charged," and "Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow, creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time: ..." fill the pages.
Originally commissioned to introduce younger audiences to Shakespeare by the Bell Shakespeare company this is the script of the play that was reviewed as "...riotously funny, ... surprisingly good Shakespeare," and of course it has Terry Denton's wildly witty cartoons.
Shakespeare is fun!!!

Just in time for the holidays!

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