Successful author Erin Dionne ’97 takes on Shakespeare!

Erin Dionne, class of ’97, is an educator and novelist who has recently published her second book, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet. Since its publication on January 7, 2010, the Scholastic Book Fairs Featured Title ranked #22 in sales at Barnes and Noble in middle grade hardcover the week of January 25th. Dionne will be at the Barnes and Noble in Burlington,  MA this Friday, February 19th at 1:00pm for a signing of the new novel.

After the wide success of her debut novel, Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies, Dionne’s second book follows an eighth grade girl on her trials and tribulations any middle school student can relate to.

According to the description: “Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average, happy, vanilla eighth grader. But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the sixteenth century, that’s not terribly easy. It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet’s genius seven year old sister will attend middle school with her– and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor. By the time an in-class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she–like her family–is anything but average.”

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