Emma Allen couldn’t be more excited to start her sophomore year. Not only is she the assistant stage manager for the drama club’s production of Hamlet, but her crush Brandon is directing, and she’s rocking a new haircut that’s sure to get his attention. But soon after school starts, everything goes haywire. Emma’s promoted to stage manager with zero experience, her best friend Lulu stops talking to her, and Josh–the adorable soccer boy who’s cast as the lead–turns out to be a disaster. It’s up to Emma to fix it all, but she has no clue where to start.
One night after rehearsal, Emma stays behind to think through her life’s latest crises and distractedly falls through the stage’s trap door . . . landing in the basement of the Globe Theater.
“This entertaining and original novel deals not just with growing up, but with a fresh and different interpretation of ‘to be or not to be.'”
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review ☆
“I love, love, love Saving Hamlet.”
– Jane Yolen, author of ‘The Devil’s Arithmetic’
“Booth captures the thrills of the theater in two eras while providing a striking portrait of Shakespeare and the Chamberlain’s Men through Emma’s eyes.”
– Publishers Weekly, starred review ☆
“Saving Hamlet is an intelligent, witty, kaleidoscopic love letter to friendships, relationships, the imagination, and William Shakespeare.”
– Michelle Terry, actress/writer
“Molly Booth’s debut has twists, turns, and humor that would make the Bard proud .”
– Elizabeth Eulberg, author of ‘Better Off Friends’