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Hand, Cynthia.
New York : HarperTeen, 2016

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Imagine being a teenager who is about to be betrothed to a total stranger and become the queen of England in the 1500s. This is the situation in which Jane finds herself in this fantastical and comedic Tudor tale which takes its readers on an adventure of political intrigue and scheming. Alternating between three points of view, three characters are interconnected and provide the reader with clever and witty dialogue - Edward, the young teenage king, who is dying; Jane, a strong willed young woman who is a bookworm; and G, who spends most of his days as a horse and nights as a man. The story is based on the historical Jane Grey, but has an alternate retelling of history that has been fictionalized bringing humor, fantasy, and romance to the plot line of two divided populations Ė shapeshifters and those who are not and find this unnatural. Shapeshifters in Mediveal England? Yes, this fantasy element adds a magical twist to the plot that will make this a quirky unforgettable read. 
(Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers 2017-2018 Nominees )

Booktalk #2

If you want to read the true story of Lady Jane Grey, cousin to the king in 16th century England, check a history book or Wikipedia. But if you want to read a hilarious, ridiculous, and delightful story of a reluctant bride who becomes a reluctant queen in a world where some people may or may not have the ability to shapeshift into animals, then give this book a try. My Lady Jane is a lighthearted historical comedy, perfect for Anglophiles who donít take themselves too seriously or fans of The Princess Bride or Monty Python. Caution: contains puns, ferrets, and alternate history.  (Florida Teens Read (FTR) 2017-2018)

SUBJECTS:     Conspiracies -- Fiction.
                        Fantasy fiction.
                        Grey, Jane, Lady, 1537-1554 -- Fiction.
                        Kings, queens, rulers, etc. -- Fiction.
                        Nobility -- England -- Fiction.
                        Romance fiction.

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