Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata, Act 2

Perchance to Dream: Theatre Illuminata, Act 2

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by Lisa Mantchev

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From the critically acclaimed author of Eyes Like Stars

We are such stuff as dreams are made on.

Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn't know that she, too, had magic. Now,

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From the critically acclaimed author of Eyes Like Stars

We are such stuff as dreams are made on.

Act Two, Scene One

Growing up in the enchanted Thèâtre Illuminata, Beatrice Shakespeare Smith learned everything about every play ever written. She knew the Players and their parts, but she didn't know that she, too, had magic. Now, she is the Mistress of Revels, the Teller of Tales, and determined to follow her stars. She is ready for the outside world.


But the outside world soon proves more topsy-turvy than any stage production. Bertie can make things happen by writing them, but outside the protective walls of the Thèâtre, nothing goes as planned. And her magic cannot help her make a decision between--

Nate: Her suave and swashbuckling pirate, now in mortal peril.

Ariel: A brooding, yet seductive, air spirit whose true motives remain unclear.

When Nate is kidnapped and taken prisoner by the Sea Goddess, only Bertie can free him. She and her fairy sidekicks embark on a journey aboard the Thèâtre's caravan, using Bertie's word magic to guide them. Along the way, they collect a sneak-thief, who has in his possession something most valuable, and meet The Mysterious Stranger, Bertie's father--and the creator of the scrimshaw medallion. Bertie's dreams are haunted by Nate, whose love for Bertie is keeping him alive, but in the daytime, it's Ariel who is tantalizingly close, and the one she is falling for. Who does Bertie love the most? And will her magic be powerful enough to save her once she enters the Sea Goddess's lair?

Once again, LISA MANTCHEV has spun a tale like no other--full of romance, magic, adventure, and fairies, too--that readers won't want to put down, even after the curtain has closed.

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Editorial Reviews

Suzanne Collins on Lisa Mantchev and Eyes Like Stars
All the world's truly a stage in Lisa Mantchev's innovative tale, Eyes Like Stars. Magical stagecraft, unmanageable fairies, and a humourous cast of classical characters form the backdrop for this imaginative coming-of age.
Tamora Pierce on Lisa Mantchev and Eyes Like Stars
With an iron-willed girl hero whose magic is with words, and a universe that is also the ultimate theater, Eyes Like Stars is the most unusual fantasy I've read this year! I recommend it to anyone who loves drama, strong girls, and rowdy faery folk!
Booklist on Lisa Mantchev and Eyes Like Stars
Bertie's determined efforts to become invaluable form the basic plot in this wildly imagined adventure…Mantchev clearly knows theater from all angles, and she uses inventive play-within-play formats to create a tumble of multiple, even metaphysical narratives filled with delicious banter and familiar characters from the dramatic canon. Many teens, particularly those with some theatrical background, will look forward to the sequel suggested at the end of this bravely flamboyant and wholly original romp.
Realms of Fantasy
The sequel to Eyes Like Stars, this is another rousing adventure of literary and theatrical whimsy, filled with sly twists and humorous moments. Bertie's continuing story deserves multiple encores and a standing ovation.
Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has left the Theatre Illuminata to search for Nate, her lost pirate love. In order to achieve her quest, she must become the Mistress of Revels, the master storyteller, and defeat the evil Sea Goddess. While she still has the power to write things into existence, outside the theater she cannot control how the events she writes come about and nothing seems to be working the way she wants it to. With her are her four fey friends, who are more trouble than help, and Ariel, the elemental spirit who vies for Beatie's affection despite her love for Nate (although she finds herself drawn to Ariel, too). Along the way she meets a pickpocket, a circus producer and even her father, albeit in a form she wasn't expecting, all who prepare her for her final showdown. The book lacks nothing in creativity. All through it are magical surprises, twists and turns. The characters are unique and well-drawn and nothing is predictable. The book moves at a fast pace with lot of action and discoveries. However, the story can be confusing. It is hard to tell what the setting is, and some of the fantasy elements are a bit surreal. Fans of the first book, Eyes Like Stars, will love the second one as well. Readers who missed the first book need to start there before picking up this one. Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Beatrice Shakespeare Smith, Mistress of Revels, takes her show on the road in this rousing sequel to Eyes Like Stars (Feiwel & Friends, 2009). Abandoning the enchanted Théâtre Illuminata to rescue her beloved pirate Nate from watery doom in the lair of Sedna the Sea Goddess, the 17-year-old embarks on the journey accompanied by four feisty fairies and seductive Ariel, air spirit from The Tempest and Nate's rival for Bertie's heart. By turns perilous and comedic, the tale rolls along at breakneck speed as the troupe encounters danger and delight, negotiating predicaments with magic and wit. The fairies' constant clamor for pie adds hilarity as Bertie explores the extent of her magical powers, untangles her origins, and meets her father, the brooding bird-man Scrimshander. Mantchev's highly imaginative prose bursts with lush imagery and literary riffs, and the party's encounter with the Innamorati, a traveling circus inspired by Cirque du Soleil, enhances the book's surrealism. Although the lack of backstory may leave readers new to Bertie in the dust of confusion, fans of the first book will cry "Encore!" as the ending sets up the third in the series.—Joyce Adams Burner, National Archives at Kansas City, MO
Kirkus Reviews
In this exhilarating sequel to Eyes Like Stars (2009), 17-year-old Bertie Shakespeare Smith plunges from the cloistered Theatre Illuminata into the colder, crueler outside world to rescue her pirate boyfriend Nate from the dreadful Sea Goddess. Sharing the caravan are her agreeably caustic fairy friends from A Midsummer Night's Dream and the seductive air spirit Ariel, boyfriend number two. Since Bertie is now the Teller of Tales, everything she writes actually happens. Of course, she has to watch her words, to hilarious effect: Even a benign-seeming utterance such as "The fairies kindled a fire" ends up with singed wings and hurt feelings. The pace is fast and furious, and the secrets to Bertie's intriguing heritage unfold satisfyingly, but it's Mantchev's fresh, intelligent style that delights most. She would never write "while cracking a nut." Instead? " . . . while his nimble fingers cracked nuts with a rapidity that defied logic." This fantastical romp-an absolute must for theater buffs-might stand alone, but it'd be a pity not to start with the first. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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Product Details

Feiwel & Friends
Publication date:
Theatre Illuminata Series, #2
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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“Perhaps I can appeal, then, to the romantic nature of our situation.” Without moving, everything about Ariel reached for her. “The open road, the veil of night drawn over the world, us living as vagabonds.”

Usually, Peaseblossom played the part of Bertie’s tiny little conscience, but this time, she issued the requisite Dire Warning to herself:

Don't think about how close he is, or the fact that all you'd have to do to kiss him is tilt your head. Think of Nate . . . .

“If you’re done with whatever fierce internal argument is creasing your forehead—” Ariel's low laugh undid the knot she had tied on her resolve. A bit of his wind pushed her nearly into his lap, and their lips met.

Bertie's brain fogged over until the fairies’ collective noises of disgust recalled her to her senses. Pulling away, she muttered, “Vagabonds don't wear crinolines.”


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