Something Rotten

Something Rotten

by Alan Gratz


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142412978
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/08/2009
Series: Horatio Wilkes Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 172,208
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alan Gratz was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. After a carefree but humid childhood, he attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing and later a Master's degree in English education. In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E's City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult building to middle schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, and lectured as a Czech university. Currently, Alan lives with his wife Wendi and daughter Jo in the high country of western North Carolina, where he enjoys reading, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, watching baseball.

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Something Rotten 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
kayceel on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Funny, lots of Shakespeare mentions ¿ I look forward to the next. Horatio is a great character and I would enjoy reading more of him.
stonelaura on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Something's rotten in Denmark. Denmark, Tennessee, that is. Alan Gratz has turned Shakespeare¿s Hamlet into a hip and witty murder mystery with a dash of environmental concern thrown in. Young Hamilton Prince, who lives in Denmark, Tennessee, is still reeling from the death of his Elsinore paper mill empire- owning father when his mom, Trudie marries his uncle Claude. Hamilton¿s best friend, Horatio, is spending a few weeks in Denmark for what should be a peaceful summer break, but it turns out to be anything but. When Hamilton and Horatio view a posthumous video of Hamilton¿s ghostly father telling them he¿s been poisoned, the intrigue is set in motion. It seems that the Elsinore paper company is polluting the town¿s Copenhagen River, and with every official in Claude¿s pocket it¿s impossible to prove otherwise, even though Hamilton¿s ex-girlfriend, Olivia is trying her best to do just that. Gratz manages to stick closely to the original plot line, including such characters as Roscoe and Gilbert, with a little addition of the town players performing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, but he manages to steer clear of any gory bloodbaths. Great dialog and a tight plot smoothly propel this smart story to a winning conclusion that is considerably more upbeat than the original.Would appeal to both boys and girls. Possibly appeal to Carl Hiaasen fans due to the environmental factor.
jedziedz on LibraryThing 8 months ago
One of the best young adult novels I have read in a long time, Something Rotten, is a fantastically hip version of Hamlet, told in a contemporary way that makes for an engrossing read. Horatio Wilkes is a great character -- smart, funny, and unique. The plot is action packed and lessons in underage drinking and environmental protection are intertwined in the story.
cpotter on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A modern take of Hamlet. Not much mystery when you know the plot. Might help someone how is trying to read the real Hamlet. language
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Well written retelling of Hamlet in a modern setting..  I enjoyed as an adult, but the book is written for 13 year olds (give or take a couple years).  If they have seen Hamlet, there are things to spot.  If they haven't, the story is fine on its own and will make entry to the Bard easier when they see the source material (they'll have a general idea of the plot, which we always gave our kids when we took them to Shakespeare at an early age).  While it doesn't have the body count of the original, the book does cover serious ground and is not for the very young (but then neither is Shakespeare).  
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Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
Noir Hamlet In this hard-boiled teen retelling of Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes spends a summer in the small-town home of his buddy Hamilton Prince. The Prince family runs a paper plant which is currently undergoing scrutiny for pollution. On top of that controversy, Hamilton's father has just passed away, and his mother just married her dead husband's brother. When Hamilton gets a video from his dead father claiming that he'd been poisoned, Horatio promises to root out the murderer. Something is rotten in the town of Denmark, Tennessee.  This little mystery was funny (though neo-noir isn't my usual type of humor, I still got a few chuckles). The plot is pretty straight-forward if you already know the story of Hamlet, so I felt very little suspense - on the other hand, it was interesting to see how Gratz played around with the story to make it more appropriate to younger audiences. He managed to stay true to the events in the play, but made it more realistic and less tragic. There are a few Shakespeare quotes thrown in which made me roll my eyes and groan, but in a "good" way.  I'd say this book is appropriate for 11-15 year olds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book, buy now!!!!
LoganRobinson_MrsT More than 1 year ago
In Something Rotten, Alan Gratz basically portrays the story of Hamlet in a modern day story line. It starts with Horatio staying at his friend Hamilton's house for the summer. Before Horatio came to visit Hamilton's father died. After Horatio arrives a video tape comes up and its contents reveal that Hamilton's father didn't die of natural causes but of murder. Horatio then uses his cunning and detective skills to find the culprit. The list of suspects is plentiful; Claude, Hamilton's uncle, Olivia, Hamilton's ex-girlfriend and avid activist, or Trudy, mother who just recently married Claude. In the end Horatio catches the murder and Hamilton gets back with Olivia. This is a good book for teens that like the classics but with a modern twist. I liked this book because it was it was a good story and was a book that i didn't want to put down till i got done with the book. I liked the classic plot and story line even though it is just a modernization of Hamlet. Regardless this is a fantastic book for teen readers that like mysteries and twist.
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