Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach

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Hero changed into a T-shirt, grabbed a book, and padded barefoot into her sister's room. The large windows overlooked the backyard. She could see the moonlight streaming over the trees and bushes, making long, crazy shadows across the grass. Was there a diamond hidden out there somewhere? She looked at Beatrice, already settled under the covers. She wanted to tell her about the Murphys, but at the same time, she didn't. She wanted to keep the secret. To have something that belonged only to her.

A missing diamond, a mysterious neighbor, a link to Shakespeare-can Hero uncover the connections?

When Hero starts sixth grade at a new school, she's less concerned about the literary origins of her Shakespearean name than about the teasing she's sure to suffer because of it. So she has the same name as a girl in a book by a dusty old author. Hero is simply not interested in the connections. But that's just the thing; suddenly connections are cropping up all over, and odd characters and uncertain pasts are exactly what do fascinate Hero. There's a mysterious diamond hidden in her new house, a curious woman next door who seems to know an awful lot about it, and then, well, then there's Shakespeare. Not to mention Danny Cordova, only the most popular boy in school. Is it all in keeping with her namesake's origin-just much ado about nothing? Hero, being Hero, is determined to figure it out.

In this fast-paced novel, Elise Broach weaves an intriguing literary mystery full of historical insights and discoveries.

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About Elise Broach

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Elise Broach is the New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults, including Desert Crossing, Masterpiece, and Shakespeare's Secret, as well as several picture books. Her books have been selected as ALA notable books, Junior Library Guild selections, an E. B. White Read Aloud Award, and nominated for an Edgar Award, among other distinctions. Ms. Broach holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from Yale University. She was born in Georgia and lives in the woods of rural Connecticut, walking distance from three farms, a library, a post office and two country stores. Antonio Javier Caparo has illustrated many books for children, including the Magic Thief series and The Young Reader's Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream. He lives in Montreal, Canada.
 
Published August 21, 2007 by Square Fish. 272 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Fiction

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Sixth-grader Hero Netherfield knows she’s in trouble when, on her first day at her new school in Maryland, a classmate unthinkingly announces that Hero is her dog’s name.

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One of the most famous playwrights in literature is William Shakespeare, and one of the most widely discussed literary mysteries is the true authorship of all plays attributed to this relatively unknown man.

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ABC Perth

With the help of Mrs Roth and Danny - the most popular boy in school - Hero works out the mystery about the Murphy Diamond and who might be the real Shakespeare.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Hero Netherfield, named for a character from one of William Shakespeare’s plays, isn’t looking forward to beginning sixth grade at another new school.

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