I am reviewing a book outside my usual genre. Fool's Girl is a historical fiction book set in the Elizabethian time period. It is the story of young Violetta and the jester Feste.
Violetta and Feste have escaped their pillaged city. They meet the young William Shakespeare and hope that he can help them recover a religious artifact that is important to their city. Through the telling of their story, they intrigue Shakespeare enough for him to help them. The story is based on William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. It includes romance, gender bending and intrigue, just like the original work.
The book was a fast read and very entertaining. I would recommend this book for middle school readers and up. This book would be a great follow-up or even introduction to Shakespeare's works.