Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last

Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last

by Avi

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Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last by Avi


Star-crossed love. Betrayal. Death. Comedy?

Peter Saltz (Saltz to his friends) and Anabell Stackpoole like each other, but they're too shy to do anything about it. Thank goodness for Saltz's best friend, Ed Sitrow, who masterminds an eighth grade production of Romeo & Juliet-starring none other than Saltz and Stackpoole as Romeo and Juliet. But getting the two reluctant lovebirds together is a bigger task than anyone anticipated, even with Shakespeare's help. What ensues is the most hilarious, disastrous, and unprecedented rendition of Romeo & Juliet in history!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545430975
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 846,100
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author


Avi's work spans nearly every genre and has received nearly every major prize, including the Newbery Medal for CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD and Newbery Honors for NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH and THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. You can visit him online at www.avi-writer.com.

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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Chapter One

Pete Saltz and I have been best friends for as long as I can remember. At South Orange River Middle School, eighth grade, we sit, eat lunch, and do weekends together. If I'm not at his house, he's at mine. Close as a pair of crossed eyes. There isn't much I don't know about him. At least that's what I thought.

Turned out Saltz had a secret.

One nice warm spring day we were heading home from school, and Saltz wasn't saying much. Normally, he has the fastest mouth this side of Nervous Purvis, a local radio DJ we like to hear. And I had been talking about Albert Hamilton.

Hamilton is the worst kind of bully: he's great at almost everything — grades, sports, and if the girls tell me true, looks. People wouldn't mind except Hamilton makes sure you know it. The way he sees it, he's God's gift to himself.

As far as I know he has only one flaw: the guy is a pyromaniac. Fire fascinates him. Give him a barn fire, a matchbook, a firecracker, and he's in a world of his own.

I was talking about Hamilton's attempts to build bigger, better firecrackers in science lab when I realized Saltz hadn't said anything for five minutes. Then, when we reached his place, be just said, "See ya," and drifted toward his front door.

"Hey!" I called, only then sensing that things weren't right. "What's up? You mad at me?"

Saltz stopped. "You wouldn't understand," he said.

"What wouldn't I understand?"

"Nothing."

"How can I not understand nothing? Do you understand?"

"No," he admitted.

"How about giving me a try," I coaxed. His hand was on the doorknob.

"It's just . His voice trailedoff.

"Hey, I'm your best friend, remember?"

After a moment he let go of the door. But he didn't say anything; he just sat down on his front steps.

"Mat," he said, "do you think of Anabell Stackpoole?"

"Stackpoole?" I said, surprised. She's a girl in our class.

"Yeah," he said, "Anabell Stackpoole." His facial expression reminded me of how my dog looks when we're about to go off for a day at the beach and he knows he's staying home.

"What about her?" I said.

"I...I like her."

"Since when?"

He thought hard. "Two days ago."

"What happened then?"'.

He shrugged. "Just...happened."

"She like you?"

He shook his head. "She doesn't even notice me."

"You try talking to her?"

Now his look suggested how stupid I was.

"Want me to talk to her?"

Panic crept into his eyes.

"Okay. What are you going to do about it?"

He struggled for an answer. What he came up with was "I wrote a poem about her."

I wasn't surprised. Saltz was our poet, a kind of local Shakespeare. "Can I see it?" I asked.

From out of his portable bag of junk he hauled a spiral notebook. The spiral was half off, like a worm desperately seeking air.

Finding a sheet of ruled paper with words set between the wrinkles, he handed it over. This is what he had written:

There once was a fair beauty named Anabell
For whom Pete Saltz, truly, in love fell.
But when he offered his heart,
She jumped up with a start,
And said, "I have to go now because I just
heard the end-of-the-class-bell."

I looked from Saltz to the poem, then back to him, until it fully hit me: Saltz was in love!

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Romeo and Juliet--Together at Last 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing 5 days ago
Ed's best friend, Pete Saltz, has a problem. He's in love with Anabell Stackpoole and is utterly unable to do anything about it. When Ed realizes Saltz is in desperate need of love assistance, he and the rest of his class come up with a plan to do a production of Romeo and Juliet with Saltz and Anabell in the leading rolls. However, putting together a play in only two weeks turns out to be a little more difficult than Ed could have imagined. Okay, so this isn't really a young adult book like I anticipated, I'd say it is more for the elementary to tween reader. However, this adult (meaning me) found the book to be absolutely, gut wrenchingly hilarious!! I can't remember the last time I laughed as hard as I did while reading about this ill-fated production. The characters were quite endearing and were surprisingly developed for the story. I've never read anything by Avi before, but I'll have to keep an eye out for his books in the future, because whether it was written for kids or not, I loved this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't think it is her best book for 12 and up but it is a very nice read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last is mostly about a school play in the 8th grade. The main characters are Pete Saltz and Anabell Stackpoole. At the beginning of the story it starts when auditions are up and students are nervous, worrying about which part they are going to get. The school play is ¿Romeo and Juliet.¿ Mrs. Bacon is in charge of the school play. Anabell auditions for Juliet, and Pete auditions for Romeo. Pete has a big crush on Anabell. So much drama happens in this story that it reminded me when I was in the 3rd grade play. Most of the action happens in South Orange River Middle School. This book would be a great for people that like to be in plays. Will Pete and Anabell kiss? Find out in Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last is mostly about a school play in the 8th grade. The main characters are Pete Saltz and Anabell Stackpoole. At the beginning of the story it starts when auditions are up and students are nervous, worrying about which part they are going to get. The school play is ¿Romeo and Juliet.¿ Mrs. Bacon is in charge of the school play. Anabell auditions for Juliet, and Pete auditions for Romeo. Pete has a big crush on Anabell. So much drama happens in this story that it reminded me when I was in the 3rd grade play. Most of the action happens in South Orange River Middle School. This book would be a great for people that like to be in plays. Will Pete and Anabell kiss? Find out in Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) at Last.