Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev
Theatre Illuminata, Act I

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All her world’s a stage.


Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.

She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.


Enter Stage Right


NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.


COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.


ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.


BERTIE. Our heroine.


Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.


Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.


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Lisa Mantchev is the author of the Theatre Illuminata series, including Eyes Like Stars and Perchance to Dream. She grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. She wrote her first play in the fourth grade, and has been involved in theater ever since. She received two scholarships to study drama at the University of California, Irvine. She won the Chancellor's Award for Undergraduate Research in Drama her senior year while studying in the Campuswide Honors Program. After graduation, she taught English at the Lycée Internationale de Los Angeles and created their Drama After School Program. In between report cards and drafting scripts for winter and spring productions, she wrote fiction. Her first professional short fiction sale was in 2002, and her debut trilogy sold in 2007. Mantchev makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her husband Angel, her daughter Amélie and four hairy miscreant dogs. When not scribbling, she can be found on the beach, up a tree, making jam or repairing things with her trusty glue gun.
Published July 7, 2009 by Feiwel & Friends. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Seventeen-year-old Beatrice (Bertie) Shakespeare Smith has spent her whole life within the walls of the Théâtre Illuminata, a majestic and magical playhouse with thousands of players at the ready.

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This week's book review from the TBRP (to be read pile) is "Eyes Like Stars" by Lisa Mantchev, a fellow 'Word Ninja'.

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I’ll be sure to spit on the Stage Manager every chance I get.” Bertie thought about how Nate always stepped aboard his ship right foot first and would no sooner utter the word “drowned” than he would “Macbeth”;

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Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev.

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Though Bertie suffers some astonishment at one point that the Theatre holds more than just the complete works of Shakespeare, I’m really not sure why.

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