Hero Netherfield and her family move and she must begin 6th grade at a new school. With her unique name, she knows there will be lots of teasing. Her parents are big Shakespeare fans and they named her after a girl in one of his books, Much Ado About Nothing. Even though Hero could care less about where her name came from she suddenly starts to notice connections to her namesake and Shakespeare all over the place. She meets her next door neighbor, Mrs. Ross, who piques her interest with a mystery about a diamond hidden in her new house. Then, there is Danny Cordova, the most popular boy in school, who is confusing her at every turn. Does he want to be her friend or is he being cruel? Do all of the clues Hero is finding mean anything? Is there really a diamond hidden in her house? Or is it all – just much ado about nothing? Hero will take you on an adventure as she tries to find out!
I am so happy that I stumbled upon Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach. I was drawn to the cover because it looked mysterious and interesting. Not only was there suspense and action, but I learned a lot about history and Shakespeare along the way. I am now fascinated by Shakespeare and am curious about whether or not he really did write the books he is credited with writing. I guess I will have to do some research! Who knew there was so much debate about him? I think Hero is a character that many kids can relate to because she is down to earth and feels like she doesn’t fit in all the time. I like that she is kind to people of all ages, because that is important. I think this book is great for anyone in 4th grade and up. With the references to Shakespeare and some of the vocabulary it could be hard for a 3rd grader to read on their own, but I think they would enjoy reading it with an adult.
Has anyone else read Shakespeare’s Secret? Or have you read another book by Elise Broach?
Happy Reading! ~L