Swan Town: The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare

Swan Town The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare The witty and engaging diary of Susanna Shakespeare the young daughter of William Shakespeare from a first time author Thirteen year old Susanna Shakespeare longs for something exciting to happen in

  • Title: Swan Town: The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare
  • Author: Michael J. Ortiz
  • ISBN: 9780060581268
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The witty and engaging diary of Susanna Shakespeare, the young daughter of William Shakespeare, from a first time author.Thirteen year old Susanna Shakespeare longs for something exciting to happen in her boring village of Stratford, England Her father, Will, is always off in London, busily working on new plays, and Susanna yearns to be a part of that world When Susanna The witty and engaging diary of Susanna Shakespeare, the young daughter of William Shakespeare, from a first time author.Thirteen year old Susanna Shakespeare longs for something exciting to happen in her boring village of Stratford, England Her father, Will, is always off in London, busily working on new plays, and Susanna yearns to be a part of that world When Susanna s uncle gets himself in trouble with the Master of Revels, and Susanna is whisked off to London to help, the stage is set for adventured romance.Told in a diary format with Susanna s humorous, witty perspective of late sixteenth century Elizabethan England, this extensively researched debut novel offers an unconventional glimpse into the life of the famed Bard s family.

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    1. A fictional journal of the year 1597 in the life of 14-year-old Susanna Shakespeare, oldest daughter of William, as she deals with the loss of her brother, her struggles to be herself in a time when conformity was necessary for survival, the restrictions on Catholics, and a budding romantic interest.The journal style seemed a bit forced and occasionally lapses into lengthier segments. Susanna's escapades add interest and excitement but do not seem historically likely for her to take such liberti [...]

    2. Interesting story that for me brought to life the world at the time of Shakespeare. I really liked Susanna's character. I thought the narrator portrayed her well. Her adventures, trials, and triumphs were intriguing and told well. I'm now curious as to some of the historical aspects of the story.My only problem is that I had expected this to be a children's book. That's the problem with the children's section--it serves 0-12! But I hear "children's" and immediately think ~7 or 8. I know. I shoul [...]

    3. A good story, rather intense and explicit in scenes of the dark ages of England and the death or traitors. It was a good read, but I find the author really took liberties with the death of Shakespeare's brother Edmund. Granted, the reason for his death is unknown, but she brought his death to a sooner date then in actuality and turns Shakespeare into a traitor to the crown, at least in the eyes of the crown anyway. None of which seems to be backed with any sort of fact. Still, not a waste of tim [...]

    4. Another book with a daughter of Shakespeare as the main character. This time it is Susanna who is the voice of the main character. For some reason authors figure that the children of William Shakespeare aspire to be on the stage. The book also describes events religious persecutions of the era but places the Shakespeare family in the center of the turmoil. Some liberties with the facts of Shakespeare life are apparent.

    5. it pays off to be courageous even though women were not encourage to develop those kind of abilities. in the 1500's the queen was against all those who tried to practice the catholic faith but susanna's family did. she followed in her family's footsteps and her father's i that she loved the theater and writing.

    6. It was pretty good. I mostly got it out because it said 'Shakespeare' on the front, and had a review from the guy who wrote the Shakespeare Stealer series on the back (which is an excellent series, btw, highly recommend it). It wasn't as good as I expected, but there were some unexpected bits that I enjoyed.

    7. The witty and engaging diary of Susanna Shakespeare, the young daughter of William Shakespeare, from a first-time author.Thirteen-year-old Susanna Shakespeare longs for something exciting to happen in her boring village of Stratford, England. Her father, Will, is always off in London, busily working on new plays, and Susanna yearns to be a part of that world. When Susanna'

    8. This was a short book, in journal-style entries, about Susanna Shakespeare (William's oldest daughter) was based on the inscription on her gravestone: "Witty above her sexe, but that's not all. . . wise to salvation. . . Something of Shakespeare was in that. . . 11 July 1649." I liked the book, but it was definitely geared at a younger audience and I think I'll recommend it to Bianca now.

    9. It's a good book, you learn some 'bout Shakespeare without the boring history aspect. It helps you to think of him as a regular person, not just someone to be studied and picked apart in class, and it's wonderful to hear it from a strong-willed girl's point of veiw.

    10. I got this book at a Christmas gift exchange. It's nice to hear about Wm. Shakespeare as a beloved father, even if it is a fictional diary of his daughter. Susanna's burial inscription compared her wit to her father's. It was an enjoyable read.

    11. This story was interesting, my main problem was the historical issues. I know it's a historical fiction, but I feel like it wouldn't have taken a lot to make it more accurate.

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