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Kissing Shakespeare

By: Pamela Mingle

BOOK TALK

After bombing as Katherine in her school’s performance of Taming of the Shrew, the last thing Miranda wants is more Shakespeare. But that’s what she gets – for real. Cast member Stephen Langford interrupts Miranda’s pity party with a shocking and unbelievable message: Unless they go back in time to Elizabethan England, Will Shakespeare will not become the world’s greatest playwright. Of course Miranda thinks Stephan is off his rocker.  But when she wakes up in a field by a castle, with people calling her “wench,” Miranda agrees to go along with the scheme. She’ll charm Shakespeare in hopes of turning him from the priesthood and back to the theatre. Understandably, Miranda is a bit frazzled since she’s never  seduced a man before, and it’s a frightening prospect trying to kiss Shakespeare.

Prepared by Julie Fales, Shawnee Mission South High School Journalism Adviser, Overland Park, KS