MEET ME AT THE GLOBE
New York: Writer's Showcase,
iUniverse, Inc., 2002
IL YA RL 8.0
fifteen-year-old Aggie goes on a school trip to England, she is taking
with her baggage that does not fit in her duffle bag. The things that weigh
on her mind cannot be tucked away in the luggage compartment. She has lost
her beloved father who has made her love the plays of Shakespeare. Her
mother has married Jim, a man she barely knows, and made Aggie move into
Jim's house and go to a strange new school. Aggie has made new friends,
but deep down she knows they are the wrong friends. She should have befriended
Tammy, but Paul and her other popular friends make fun of Tammy. She is
thrilled to see England, her father's favorite haunt, but to be able to
go on the trip, she has done something she is deeply ashamed of. She feels
like Shakespeare's Macbeth: terrified of what she has done, but unable
to put things right.
In London, Aggie gets lost
in a tall office building somewhere near the site of Shakespeare's Globe
theatre. She stumbles into a mysterious elevator that takes her back in
time to Shakespeare's England. Wearing a heavy Elizabethan dress, she is
alone in a strange world where people enjoy beautiful music and dancing
and plays. But it's a world where strangers without a home are branded
as vagabonds. Aggie finds a true friend; she is Catherine, the daughter
of a Stratford glove maker. Both girls love plays, and they both
enjoy making up stories about witches. But how will they escape the dangers
of the world around them? The year is 1605; the Puritans are preaching
against the evils of plays and other forms of sinful pleasure. The people
of Stratford are superstitious and believe in witchcraft, and the country
is buzzing with rumors of plots against the government. (Dalma Takacs,
Self-perception - Fiction.
Peer pressure -- Fiction.
Bereavement -- Fiction.
Adolescence -- Fiction.
Shakespeare, William -- Fiction.
Renaissance England -- Fiction
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