Spanking Shakespeare by Jake Wizner

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SHAKESPEARE SHAPIRO HAS ALWAYS hated his name. His parents bestowed it on him as some kind of sick joke when he was born, and his life has gone downhill from there, one embarrassing incident after another. Entering his senior year of high school, Shakespeare has never had a girlfriend, his younger brother is cooler than he is, and his best friend's favorite topic of conversation is his bowel movements.

But Shakespeare will have the last laugh. He is chronicling every mortifying detail in his memoir, the writing project each senior at Shakespeare's high school must complete. And he is doing it brilliantly. And, just maybe, a prize-winning memoir will bring him respect, admiration, and a girlfriend . . . or at least a prom date.

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About Jake Wizner

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Jake Wizner's life improved significantly after he graduated from high school. These days he lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters and teaches eighth-grade English and history. Spanking Shakespeare is his first novel. To learn more about Jake, visit his Web site at
Published September 25, 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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King of comedy Shakespeare Shapiro spins essays, poetry, letters and yearbook entries to chronicle the ups, downs, crushes, mishaps, perversions and general sense of hilarious melee that comprise his senior year.

Sep 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Spanking Shakespeare


Not for the faint of heart, Spanking Shakespeare is told in first person by the man himself: Shakespeare.

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Also I would change the age group to 14 years and older, and direct it to male readers.

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At Hemingway High School as a year long writing assignment every senior has to write their memoir.

Dec 27 2007 | Read Full Review of Spanking Shakespeare

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