After bombing a performance of The Taming of the Shrew, high school actress Miranda vows to forget about Shakespeare and find something else to do with her life. Little does she know that she is just moments away from getting up close and personal with the Bard himself.
Aided by Stephen Langford, a mysterious member of her cast, Miranda finds herself transported back in time to 16th century England. Her mission, according to Stephen: seduce young William Shakespeare or risk the world losing its famous playwright to another fate. A complete fish out of water with very few options before her, Miranda agrees to masquerade as Stephen’s sister.
At Hoghton Tower, where Stephen’s relatives have hired Shakespeare as their schoolmaster, the duo find the household laden with merriment, mysteries, romance, and false identities galore. Miranda gets to play the role of a lifetime as Olivia, learning to fit into the unfamiliar time period and even locking lips with Will in her efforts to sway him away from becoming a Jesuit priest. As fun as it is to kiss Shakespeare, however, Miranda’s heart just may belong to someone else.
Will Miranda and Stephen be able to save Will Shakespeare from a dangerous fate? Will Miranda be free to follow her heart without her true identity being discovered? Most importantly of all, will she ever find her way back to her own time?
Kissing Shakespeare is a fun romp through history, and fans of Shakespeare’s work will enjoy getting to meet him as a young man in this fantasy. 352 pages. 978-0385741965 Ages 14 and up
Recommended by Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA