Book Title: Lizzy Speare and The Cursed Tomb
Author: Ally Malinenko
Genre(s): Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Antenna Books
Date published: September 12th 2012
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About The Book:
MEET LIZZY SPEARE… …a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!) Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago? In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ally Malinenko, a self-proclaimed Bardolator, took her first pilgrimage to Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2009 and hasn’t been the same since. Her poetry book, The Wanting Bone, was published by Six Gallery Press. She blogs at allymalinenko.com. Ally lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
Lizzy is a typical twelve-year-old, stubborn, impatient, and prone to do things she shouldn't. Just the kind of character a writer needs to create conflict and chaos, which definitely exits in this story.Jonathan is the muse of William Shakespeare and adds another layer of conflict and entertainment. There is so much going on in this blending of diverse worlds that's it could easily be labeled a 'Middle Grade Thriller'. Good writing and imaginative plotting made it easy to give this book 4 Stars!