Title: William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope
Author: Ian Doescher
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
AR Levels: N/A
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17262540-william-shakespeare-s-star-wars
In a nutshell: What if Shakespeare had written Star Wars? You may think this is a silly mash-up, but I assure you it is pure genius! This one details the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, and I sure hope there are more to come! (I'd go to a theatrical performance of this too!)
I'd recommend it for grades: 6th and up. This book's actually written for adults, but it's clean enough content-wise that even middle schoolers will love it! It may be tough for younger readers to understand the Shakespearean language, but it might also be a gateway to Shakespeare since many of them know the plot of Star Wars already.
I'd recommend it to: Shakespeare fans and Star Wars fans of course
What I liked most about this book: This
is every bit as awesome as I'd hoped! Not only do you get some
laughable Shakespearean interpretations of classic Star Wars lines, but
you also get even more character development through the soliloquies
(especially with Han...who is also my favorite). Perhaps the best part
is that we finally get to hear R2's voice (only in asides...but
still!)!!! You'll find many borrowed and adapted lines from many of
Shakespeare's plays, including a pep talk from Luke to the rebels
beginning, "Friends, rebels, starfighters, lend me your ears" (Julius
Caesar) and a Hamlet-like reflection ("Alas, poor stormtrooper, I knew
ye not."). If you like Star Wars and Shakespeare, you'll kick yourself
if you don't read this.
Single favorite moment (without getting spoiler-y): This line Han delivers after the shoot-out with Greedo: "And whether I shot first, I'll ne'er confess." Love it.
Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 5 stars