12-year old Peter is knocked unconscious & awakes unable to speak normal English. He can only speak Shakespeare. What to do? Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 8, 2013.
About this project
Now that the support has surpassed 100%, any additional funding will go to distributing FREE CLASS SETS of the book to teachers. So please continue to back this project.
This is a book that adults (especially Shakespeare fans) will enjoy, and it is a book that young adults will both enjoy and at the same time, discover that Shakespeare is pretty easy to understand.
Through my own teaching and my work with the Folger Shakespeare Library, I've been teaching Shakespeare to teenagers and teachers for a long time in lots of places. I am sort of an expert in what teachers need and what they want when it comes to teaching Hamlet, or Macbeth, or Romeo and Juliet, or A Midsummer Night's Dream, or whatever play they are lucky enough to teach. .
So I decided to write a book that will make reading and teaching Shakespeare easier and more fun. Teachers often tell me that my previous books, The Shakespeare Book of Lists and Shakespeare 101 have helped them teach the plays, and I know this book will do even more.
Here's the plot: Twelve-year-old Peter can't fill a teaspoon with what he knows about Shakespeare, but when a copy of the Riverside Shakespeare falls and hits him on the head, he wakes up spouting "What the dickens" and "But soft, methinks I scent the morning air."
He can write and text in normal English and his friend Emma learns to speak for him when he needs to be heard. His misadventures take him to CitiField to see a Mets game, to a school psychologist, to restaurants, and to his various classes in school.
But when a YouTube video of Peter speaking like the famous bard goes viral and he finds himself on the Today Show, he begins to wonder if he's doomed to be a freak forever. During the course of studying Romeo and Juliet in class, he and Emma get to play the star-crossed lovers in a school production and find themselves more and more attracted to each other. Will a kiss with his Juliet in a school performance be enough to break the spell?
Here's a sample passage from Chapter Five: "The Game's Afoot"
Supporting this project will allow me to publish the book directly through Amazon.com's CreateSpace. I will also be able to have them create a custom cover, a custom interior print design, a professional copy editor, and a Kindle version. In addition, your support will help me promote the book to the widest possible audience.
Risks and challenges
While the book is completed and is 28,000 words, I am waiting for some feedback from several young people who are currently reading it. So there may be some editorial changes.
CreateSpace assures me that the book can be available later this year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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