Monday, August 1, 2011

The Next Shakespeare by Wanda Ernstberger and First Giveaway!!!!

Blurb: Who thought a poem would trigger World War Three?
Tristan Gunner—skateboard fanatic, junk food junkie, award-winning poet. But you’d think he just got detention instead of the school’s grand prize for poetry. And even though Chris won five Math and Science awards, the next Einstein is crying because he’s not the next Shakespeare. Astra wants them both to cut the drama, and caught between a mortified winner and a crybaby loser, she hopes Chris can get over his attitude before World War Three erupts in her kitchen.

The Next Shakespeare was a young adult short story filled with interesting characters and inspiring events. The story is told from the point of view of Astra and from the short time that I was with her, I could tell that she was very sassy and likable. She is the Switzerland between jealous, spoiled Chris and modest Tristan. I liked really Tristan for many reasons. He was the underdog and people looked down upon him because his mom worked at Quickie Mart and because he was going to community college. This made him the perfect person to cheer for and he didn't let me down. His poem was beautiful and showed that you really can't judge a book by it's cover.
     I liked the character that Chris played. He was laughable in his jealousy at Tristan winning the poetry contest. What made him a nice character was that in the end he sucked it up and congratulated Tristan in his victory. In fact he realized that he could learn from Tristan and that if he was forever under his parents, he could never be happy no matter how many awards he had. The Next Shakespeare took me a short time to read, but reinforced some very important values. It did that while also being funny and enlightening. If you asked me, I'd say that it was the perfect framework for a good novel.

Visit Wanda HERE on her website and HERE on her Twitter. Also, read an excerpt of THE NEXT SHAKESPEARE right HERE.

Now the moment you've all been waiting for! The wonderful Wanda has been so gracious as to provide me with a copy of THE NEXT SHAKESPEARE, which I will send to 3 lucky winners. But...... since this is my first giveaway and I want to pace myself, there will be no ending date on this giveaway until I get at least 30 entries and then I will decide the date. All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and email address. It's that simple!

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