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Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) At Last

Romeo and Juliet Together (and Alive!) At Last

Scholas­tic, 1987

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Jeff Woodman

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What’s this book about?

The eighth grade’s plan to get two reluc­tant “lovers” togeth­er by means of a class­room pro­duc­tion of Shake­speare’s play has some very unex­pect­ed results.

Story Behind the Story

When my old­er boys were in ele­men­tary school—it was a small school—they both had a fourth grade teacher who was enam­ored of Shake­speare and want­ed to bring the Bard’s bril­liance to her stu­dents. That was why every year her class did one of Shakespeare’s plays. To be sure, these were not full-length pro­duc­tions but culled from any num­ber of abridged ver­sions of which there are many designed for young peo­ple to perform.

Now I can see young­sters per­form­ing an abridged ver­sion of Midsummer’s Night Dream; Bot­tom with his donkey’s head, and Queen Tita­nia falling in love with him. How­ev­er, a fourth grade ver­sion of Ham­let or Mac­beth is anoth­er matter.

The pro­duc­tions were, frankly, absurd and often, while not meant to be fun­ny, were fun­ny. Very funny.

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Awards and Recognition

  • ALA/YASD Rec­om­mend­ed Book for Reluc­tant Read­ers, 1988
  • IRA Children’s Choice, 1988
  • Bank Street Col­lege best books of the year, 1988
  • Wis­con­sin Children’s Book Cen­ter, best books of the year, 1988
  • Starred Review, Book­list, 1987
  • A Child Study Asso­ci­a­tion Book of the Year


“An imag­i­na­tive, clev­er­ly-writ­ten, laugh-out-loud sto­ry.” (Book­list, starred review)

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