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Publisher Comments:

Shakespeare Shapiro hated his name. His parents bestowed it on him as some kind of sick joke when he was born, and his life has gone downhill from there, one embarrassing incident after another. Entering his senior year of high school, Shakespeare has never had a girlfriend, his younger brother is cooler than he is, and his best friend's favorite topic of conversation is his bowel movements.

But Shakespeare will have the last laugh. He is chronicling every mortifying detail in his memoir, the writing project each senior at Shakespeare's high school must complete. And he is doing it brilliantly. And, just maybe, a prize-winning memoir will bring him respect, admiration, and a girlfriend...or at least a prom date.

Review:

"This bold and bawdy first novel introduces Shakespeare Shapiro, whose very name seems to destine him for a life of farce (that his parents offer changing but invariably embarrassing explanations for his whacko moniker merely compounds matters). Now that he's taking the memoir-writing class required of all seniors at Ernest Hemingway High, he seizes the chance to frame his life as a darkly comedic series of humiliations, from being born on Hitler's birthday ('Whenever I did anything wrong, my father would call me Adolf') to his father's blackmail techniques ('I'm about ten seconds away from telling you things [about our sex life] that will haunt you for the rest of your life,' his father cheerfully threatens an 11-year-old Shakespeare) to his misadventures in masturbating. Wizner knows just how to set up his outrageous jokes and how far to push most (not all) of them; and nothing seems off-limits, neither religion nor sex nor bowel movements. This author demonstrates an equally sure approach to sober themes: as his memoir assignments win him increasing respect and interest from his classmates, Shakespeare slowly realizes that the role of comic victim is one he has chosen in order to avoid challenging himself. Exceptionally funny and smart. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This brilliantly lewd novel is hilarious." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Raw, sexual, cynical, and honest, this book belongs on library shelves and gift lists." VOYA

Review:

"Wizner's first novel packs the stitches in tight." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Laughs alone make this effort successful, but Wizner allows Shakespeare to grow and learn just a little, too — an extraordinary feat for such a raucous read." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Shakespeare Shapiro's parents bestowed his name on him as some kind of sick joke when he was born, and his life has gone downhill from there. However, Shakespeare will have the last laugh. He is chronicling every mortifying detail in his memoir, the writing project each senior at Shakespeare's high school must complete.

Synopsis:

SHAKESPEARE SHAPIRO HAS ALWAYS hated his name. His parents bestowed it on him as some kind of sick joke when he was born, and his life has gone downhill from there, one embarrassing incident after another. Entering his senior year of high school, Shakespeare has never had a girlfriend, his younger brother is cooler than he is, and his best friend's favorite topic of conversation is his bowel movements.

But Shakespeare will have the last laugh. He is chronicling every mortifying detail in his memoir, the writing project each senior at Shakespeare's high school must complete. And he is doing it brilliantly. And, just maybe, a prize-winning memoir will bring him respect, admiration, and a girlfriend . . . or at least a prom date.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Jake Wizner swears this isn't his story, but admits that his life improved significantly after he graduated from high school. These days he lives in New York City with his wife and two daughters and teaches eigth-grade English and history. Spanking Shakespeare is his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375855948
Author:
Jake Wizner and Richard Ewing
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Ewing, Richard
Author:
Ewing, Richard
Author:
Wizner, Jake
Author:
illustrated by Richard Ewing
Author:
illustrated by Richard Ewing
Subject:
Boys / Men
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.26x5.44x.70 in. .54 lbs.
Age Level:
14-16

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Product details 304 pages Random House Books for Young Readers - English 9780375855948 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This bold and bawdy first novel introduces Shakespeare Shapiro, whose very name seems to destine him for a life of farce (that his parents offer changing but invariably embarrassing explanations for his whacko moniker merely compounds matters). Now that he's taking the memoir-writing class required of all seniors at Ernest Hemingway High, he seizes the chance to frame his life as a darkly comedic series of humiliations, from being born on Hitler's birthday ('Whenever I did anything wrong, my father would call me Adolf') to his father's blackmail techniques ('I'm about ten seconds away from telling you things [about our sex life] that will haunt you for the rest of your life,' his father cheerfully threatens an 11-year-old Shakespeare) to his misadventures in masturbating. Wizner knows just how to set up his outrageous jokes and how far to push most (not all) of them; and nothing seems off-limits, neither religion nor sex nor bowel movements. This author demonstrates an equally sure approach to sober themes: as his memoir assignments win him increasing respect and interest from his classmates, Shakespeare slowly realizes that the role of comic victim is one he has chosen in order to avoid challenging himself. Exceptionally funny and smart. Ages 14-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This brilliantly lewd novel is hilarious."
"Review" by , "Raw, sexual, cynical, and honest, this book belongs on library shelves and gift lists."
"Review" by , "Wizner's first novel packs the stitches in tight."
"Review" by , "Laughs alone make this effort successful, but Wizner allows Shakespeare to grow and learn just a little, too — an extraordinary feat for such a raucous read."
"Synopsis" by , Shakespeare Shapiro's parents bestowed his name on him as some kind of sick joke when he was born, and his life has gone downhill from there. However, Shakespeare will have the last laugh. He is chronicling every mortifying detail in his memoir, the writing project each senior at Shakespeare's high school must complete.
"Synopsis" by , SHAKESPEARE SHAPIRO HAS ALWAYS hated his name. His parents bestowed it on him as some kind of sick joke when he was born, and his life has gone downhill from there, one embarrassing incident after another. Entering his senior year of high school, Shakespeare has never had a girlfriend, his younger brother is cooler than he is, and his best friend's favorite topic of conversation is his bowel movements.

But Shakespeare will have the last laugh. He is chronicling every mortifying detail in his memoir, the writing project each senior at Shakespeare's high school must complete. And he is doing it brilliantly. And, just maybe, a prize-winning memoir will bring him respect, admiration, and a girlfriend . . . or at least a prom date.

From the Hardcover edition.

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