The Face in the Mirror by Stephanie S. Tolan

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When fifteen-year-old Jared is forced to live with the father he has never met, he joins his father's theatrical troupe during of production of Shakespeare's Richard III. First-time actor Jared must cope by himself with a hostile, competitive half brother who's a television star, until he is befriended by the spirit of an old actor -- a delightful ghost who vows that Jared will become a star as well. The production -- and Jared's performance -- seem charmed . . . but then Jared realizes that he and his brother have begun to enact a real-life tragedy that echoes the plot of Shakespeare's bloody play.
 

About Stephanie S. Tolan

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Stephanie S. Tolan is the author of more than twenty books for young readers, including "Welcome to the Ark, Flight of the Raven, " and the Newbery Honor?winning novel "Surviving the Applewhites". She lives on a little lake in a big woods in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband (Bob), two dogs (Coyote and Samantha), two fish (Blanche and Noir), and plenty of outdoor creatures.
 
Published October 1, 1998 by HarperCollins. 224 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Kingsley is staging Richard III in a newly restored theater in Addison, Michigan, where Jared is thrust into a nest of unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations: his father and stepmother, Julia, are focused on the restoration of the theater and the play, his younger half-brother Tad is resentful o...

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Despite the doubtful merit of this conceit, it gives Jared, cast as one of the ill-fated princes, an opportunity to play expert with his knowledge of Star Wars, and it may also offer readers a tool to apprehend the play's themes.

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