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Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, ACT I (Theatre Illuminata)

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ISBN13: 9780312380960
ISBN10: 0312380968
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The Book Resort, July 8, 2009 (view all comments by The Book Resort)
All her world's a stage.

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.

Enter Stage Right

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.

COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE'S sidekicks.

ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie's weakness. The symbol of impending doom.

BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Theatre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Theatre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family--and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

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Looks like Eyes Like Stars may be the breakout read for 2009!

Lisa Mantchev's Eyes Like Stars kicks off like glitter busters!

It is hard to fathom Eyes Like Stars is Lisa Mantchev's debut. With Mantchev's lyrically stunning prose you are taken to a bewitching world resplendent in drama, humor, romance & whimsicality.

Mantchev is a phenomenal storyteller. Eyes Like Stars is an inspired novel overflowing w/ luminosity.

Mantchev has created a delectable cast of alluring, amusing, salty & sprightly characters.

Mantchev's audience will just crave even more from The Théâtre Illuminata. There are times when you can't seem to turn the pages fast enough & there are times when you want to ease up because when you reach the end of Mantchev's engaging fairy tale you will be chomping @ the bit for Book Two in The Théâtre Illuminata trilogy.

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is as effervescent as champagne bubbles on New Years Eve. Bertie is capricious, determined, fun-loving & vibrant.

Mantchev's description of the fairies is spot on! Fairies are adorable, devilish, frolicsome & pugnacious. Brava to Lisa for capturing the precise essence of Cobweb, Moth, Mustard Seed & PeaseBlossom.

Eyes Like Stars is strikingly scribed with Mantchev's fervent & scintillating dialogue. The storyline is an imaginative & an authentic fantasy extravaganza!

Whew! Mantchev possesses the goods to create a mystical contemporary fairy tale that would make Hans Christian Andersen rush to The Théâtre Illuminata for front row seats!

I do want to mention some may be confused in the beginning of Eyes Like Stars w/ all the scene changes & théâtre jargon but trust me once the stage is set -- you will enjoy the show!

Lisa Mantchev is a visionary talent & you will not be disappointed!

I'd like to share one of my favorite quotes:

"The only reason I'm friends with any of you is because I outgrew the vonTrapps, one annoying Austrian at a time"

Grab a copy of Eyes Like Stars.

Eyes Like Stars should be packaged with an eye mask, cucumbers, cupcakes & scrumptious fudge : }.*Hint*. lol.

Don't say I didn't warn you...

So, wanna Taste the Bad Candy ?!
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Becky Laney, June 4, 2009 (view all comments by Becky Laney)
What can I say about this one to do it justice? I loved it. Well, more to the point I LOVED it. It's a fun fantasy novel--a romance--that is satisfying and playful and oh-so-right. Our heroine, Beatrice, has grown up in the theatre. But not just any theatre, no, the only home she has ever known is home to every stage character ever written--all the plays ever penned. Her best friends are fairies--perhaps you've read about them before, for they are found in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Her love interest? The man of her dreams? A minor character from A Little Mermaid. Her love-to-hate, hate-to-love enemy? Ariel from The Tempest.

When we first meet Beatrice, she's in trouble. The Theatre Manager has decided that it is time for Beatrice to go. His excuse? She's not contributing to the theatre. She--and others along side her--plead with him; he grants her a few more days to prove that she has what it takes, that she belongs there.

Her idea? To be a director! Though their productions generally never require a director--after all the originals know their lines backwards and forwards and then some--but if she were to change it up, change it around...then...maybe just maybe she'd find her place. Thus she seeks to recreate give it an ancient Egyptian setting.

But life is never this easy, right? You know there are bound to be conflicts! I am not going to say much more. I don't want to spoil it. But it is oh-so-magical. It is fun and playful. It is giddy-making.
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AshGreene, March 25, 2009 (view all comments by AshGreene)
I know Lisa Mantchev, and not only is she a really fun person to talk to, shes a really good writer. If you get a chance to meet her, or even just to read this book, your a lucky person.

P.S. If you can read this, thank a teacher.
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Theatre Illuminata, Act I
Feiwel & Friends
Mantchev, Lisa
Fagan, Deva
Actors and actresses
Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Performing Arts - Theater
Identity (psychology)
Fantasy & Magic
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Foster Homes
Love & Romance
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Theatre Illuminata
Series Volume:
No. 1 of 3
Publication Date:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
8.25 x 5.50 in
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Children's » Performing Arts » Theater
Children's » Science Fiction and Fantasy » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Paranormal
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Eyes Like Stars: Theatre Illuminata, ACT I (Theatre Illuminata)
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Product details 368 pages Feiwel & Friends - English 9780312380960 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (aka Bertie, aka 'the self-appointed Queen of Improvisation') makes use of her creative skills to remain in her adoptive home, the magical Thtre Illuminata. The characters from every play ever written are eternally bound to this particular stage by 'The Book,' which contains all the scripts; Bertie's companions include Ariel from The Tempest, Hamlet's Ophelia and a smattering of fairies, among others. After a destructive incident involving a cannon, Bertie must prove that her contributions as an ordinary 17-year-old girl are 'unique and valuable' or be cast out. But the theater is thrown into disarray when Ariel steals 'The Book,' while Bertie's desire intensifies to uncover the truth about how she came to the theater. Mantchev's first novel feels dreamlike (plot points are often revealed during impromptu performances), yet underneath is a solid story about the search for happiness and identity. Inside jokes will delight drama club devotees ('Gertrude pointed at Macbeth, who was holding up a cruller and muttering, 'Is this a doughnut I see before me?' '), but this passionate debut should attract a broader readership as well. Ages 12 — up. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Behind the curtain at the Thtre Illuminata, the actors are born to play theirparts, and are bound to the Thtre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome ofscripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family--and she isabout to lose them and the only home she's ever known.
"Synopsis" by , With an iron-willed girl hero whose magic is with words, and a universe that is also the ultimate theater, "Eyes Like Stars" is the most unusual fantasy I've read this year! I recommend it to anyone who loves drama, strong girls, and rowdy faery folk.--Tamora Pierce.
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All her worlds the stage.

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“Magical stagecraft, unmanageable fairies, and a humorous cast of classical characters form the backdrop for this imaginative coming-of-age.”—Suzanne Collins
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All her worlds a stage

Enter Stage Right

Beatrice Shakespeare Smith (Bertie): Our heroine.

Nate: A dashing pirate who will do anything to protect Bertie.

Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, and Peaseblossom: Four tiny, mischievous fairies, and Berties loyal sidekicks.

Ariel: A seductive air spirit. Disaster follows in his wake, but Bertie simply cannot resist him.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. The actors are bound to the Théâtre by The Book, an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of the actors, but they are her family. And she is about to lose them all because The Book has been threatened, and along with it the Théâtre. Its the only home Bertie has ever known, and she has to find a way to save it. But first, theres the small problem of two handsome men, both vying for her attention. The course of true love never did run smooth. . . .

"Synopsis" by , Rebel. Champion gymnast. Intergalactic traveler?

Trix can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snotty boarding school. She can hold her own when everyone else tells her not to dream big dreams. She can even fight back against the mysterious stranger in a silver mask who tries to steal the meteorite her parents trusted her to protect.

But her life is about to change forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, bringing acts to amaze, delight, and terrify. And now the dazzling but enigmatic young Ringmaster has offered Trix the chance to be a part of it.

Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient alien artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past—if she can survive long enough.

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