MEET LIZZY SPEARE…
…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)
Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?
In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote.
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What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
Oh, that’s a good one. Of course I can’t remember. I have a terrible memory and I think it’s part of the reason I like to make things up. So instead of telling you the first book I remember reading by myself as a child, I’ll tell you the first book I remember reading by myself and being intimidated by the size: Watership Down. I was in third grade. It was the biggest book in the world and I was quite sure it would take me years to finish it. I was wrong about both accounts.
Who Could That Be At This Hour by Lemony Snicket (I loved the Series of Unfortunate events and I’m loving this so far), The Earth in the Attic by Fady Joudah (poetry), Life on Mars by Tracy Smith (poetry), Mozart by Solomon Maynard (preparing for my upcoming trip to Austria with a little Wolfie) and A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin. I usually read about 5 books at a time and try to always keep a nonfiction and poetry in the rotation.
How does your garden grow?
Up the walls and across the ceiling till the ivy hangs down and tickles my nose.
What is the last thing you Googled?
What makes you cringe?
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