The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet

by Erin Dionne
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The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin Dionne

All Hamlet Kennedy wants is to be a normal eighth grader. But with parents like hers - Shakespearean scholars who actually dress in Elizabethan regalia . . . in public! - it's not that easy. As if they weren't strange enough, her genius seven-year-old sister will be attending her middle school, and is named the new math tutor. Then, when the Shakespeare Project is announced, Hamlet reveals herself to be an amazing actress. Even though she wants to be average, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she- like her family - is anything but ordinary.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101155752
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/07/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 700,061
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
File size: 388 KB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Erin Dionne is an assistant professor of liberal arts at a small college north of Boston, where she teaches freshman comp, lit classes, and some creative writing electives. When not actively promoting her writing with great humor and enthusiastic understanding of the magic and miseries of middle school, Erin reminisces about her days in high school and college marching band. She lives with her husband and daughter in Framingham, Massachusetts.

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The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 89 reviews.
Paul Mack More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It explains how a teenage girl is. Truly love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the hilarious book The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, Hamlet Kennedy is anything but an average 8th grader. There are many reasons why, but the first one you can figure out without even reading a single page of the book, her name. Author Erin Dionne tells the story of a girl juggling the challenges of 8th grade and the challenges of her family. Have you ever thought that your family was weird or dorky? Well if you have they are probably nothing compared to Hamlet's. With a brainiac seven-year-old sister who takes college courses and two Shakespeare geeks for parents, Hamlet has a lot to deal with. And don't even mention school. With her newfound talent for Shakespeare, (which she desperately tries to hide from her parents) Hamlet is afraid that she is becoming a true Kennedy. On top of that she is failing pre- algebra! Oh and did I mention that her little sister is in 8th grade with her? For Hamlet 8th grade is about the worst grade ever. What I liked best about this book was that there were so many mysteries. Like when Hamlet finds origami pigs in her locker but can't figure out who put them there. Whether the mysteries are big or small, Hamlet always finds the answer. I would recommend this fantastic book to girls ages ten and up because the main character is a girl and she is in 8th grade, so she does deal with some mature problems. I hope that you will enjoy this book as much as I did and think that it was as funny as I thought it was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book!!!!!!!!! Its a fun book to read and is a great book for anybody to read. If you have a book report it's great to use and just reading it for fun is good too!!!!!! this book is amazing!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book that had a nice storyline to it. At some parts, it was kind of confusing. The characters seemed really real. I feel really bad for Hamlet. Seems like she has a REALLY embarassing mother though. I dont know what id do if my mom was like that!
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I picked this up strictly because of the title and bright blue shoes with purple argyle socks. Saddled with the name Hamlet, our heroine is entering eighth grade with it's usual stresses of friends, boys, math and finding one's place in the cafeteria. However, Hamlet's parents (Shakespearean scholars--deep into their research), decide that Hamlet's younger sister Dezzie (a child genius) needs the socialization school can offer and send her off to half days at Hamlet's junior high. The situations and emotions flowing through the story seemed very genuine and it was nice to see some parents, although distracted at times, portrayed as caring people who have some communication skills.
BookwormBrandee More than 1 year ago
**4.5 Stars** "All's not fair in life and middle school..." No truer words have been spoken. And while I think it would be cool having parents who are Shakespearean scholars that dress in Elizabethan-era clothing - in public - and serve dinners from an Elizabethan-era cookbook, I can see how that might cause a few problems for a middle schooler. Add to that a genius 7 year old sister, who is matriculating in the same grade as you because she needs the art credit for her college courses as well as the socialization, and well, you have a tale of woe for one Hamlet Kennedy. I initially purchased this book for my younger daughter. I hoped it would give her some perspective and something to laugh at as she was/is dealing with a similar situation. (no, I don't dress in Shakespearean regalia.) She didn't get far into the book because she felt it was a bit too close to her real life but now that I've finished it, I'm going to encourage her to give it another chance. Ms. Dionne did an excellent job of describing the pitfalls and problems facing middle schoolers. She also provided options for navigating these tricky waters. From mean girls, friend issues, academic struggles, and parental embarrassment, Hamlet proved nothing is insurmountable. Ms. Dionne also seems to be sending a few messages about following your passion, not worrying about what others think, being true to yourself, and having fun. Hamlet had been surviving by trying to be invisible, not standing out...but she learned that having a talent - being seen - isn't all that bad. I truly enjoyed Hamlet's story. It jarred some memories for me as well as gave me some insight into the world my two youngest children inhabit. And although I intended Hamlet's story to maybe soothe my daughter's feelings about her situation with her younger brother, I realized my son may have a few things to work through having entered middle school a few years before his time. I probably got more out of this story than a middle schooler will - particularly since my circumstances are similar, but I think it's a great read for any middle schooler. It's a chance to see their problems are normal and maybe aren't so it offers examples of ways to deal with those problems. And it provides lots of laughs along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books! Ive read it 2x!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, It was a good book. Huzzah!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The ending is great and it is very exciting! Being smart like dezzie must be really cool, being smarter then your older sis! Totally worth reading!
Hannah Thompson More than 1 year ago
i am only 9 but i
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This book is really funny and so much like real life. Its easy to belive that hamlet is a real girl. I love that she loves her sister even though dezzies so much smarter.
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The tragedy of a girl named hamlet is really funny. The author is very honest and accurate with the characters, and has a very creative writing style that i enjoyed while reading. This book kept me wondering as it unraveled, and the ending has a pleasing twist you wouldn't guess if you didn't have a sharp eye. I also love hamlet and her personality, and the different ways she and her sister cope with the same situations. It is altogether an entertaining and funny read perfect for kids ages 9-13. This is a great preadolescence book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book i read at the library! I want to get it on my NOOK because i returned mine today, and i was on page 236!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great, i liked when Hamlet finds the origami pigs in her locker but can't figure out who put them there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stupid sample only gives u nine pages and the actual book starts on page eight so..... but it looks good even though i will never buy it. Oh well. Such is luck. :(
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I have never read anything by Erin Dionne, I detect that she writes in a sophistocated, yet light hearted way. The messages she sends are didatic, her writing topics are unique, she never writes in a monotonous or one-noted way, and the characters she developes are bursting with personality. Even as she emerges from her shell as an author, she delivers incredible promise with her writing and her books will definitely be at the top of my " to read" list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book recomended for ages 10-14
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the ending so worth reading!
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this book is amazing and awesomly awesome and everyone should read it