Synopses & Reviews
All Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has ever wanted is a true family of her own. And shes close to reuniting her parents when her father disappears. Now Bertie must deal with a vengeful sea goddess and a mysterious queen as she tries to keep her family—and the Theatre Illuminata—from crumbling. To complicate it all, Bertie is torn between her two loves, Ariel and Nate.
Praise for Eyes Like Stars
“All the worlds truly a stage in Lisa Mantchevs innovative tale, Eyes Like Stars. Magical stagecraft, unmanageable fairies, and a humourous cast of classical characters form the backdrop for this imaginative coming of age.”—Suzanne Collins
“With an iron-willed girl hero whose magic is with words, nad a universe that is also the ultimate theater, Eyes Like Stars is the most unusual fantasy Ive read this year! I recommend it to anyone who loves drama, strong girls, and rowdy faery folk!”—Tamora Pierce Praise for Perchance to Dream:
“In this exhilarating sequel to Eyes Like Stars . . . the pace is fast and furious, and the secrets to Berties intriguing heritage unfold satisfyingly, but its Mantchevs fresh, intelligent style that delights most. This fantastical romp—an absolute must for theater buffs—might stand alone, but itd be a pity not to start with the first.”—Kirkus Reviews
"...fans of the series will find even more of what they loved in this book: the surrealistic imagery; the witty wordplay and literary allusions; and favorite characters..."--School Library Journal
About the Author
Lisa Mantchev is the author of the Theatre Illuminata series, including Eyes Like Stars and Perchance to Dream. She grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. She wrote her first play in the fourth grade, and has been involved in theater ever since. She received two scholarships to study drama at the University of California, Irvine. She won the Chancellors Award for Undergraduate Research in Drama her senior year while studying in the Campuswide Honors Program. After graduation, she taught English at the Lycée Internationale de Los Angeles and created their Drama After School Program. In between report cards and drafting scripts for winter and spring productions, she wrote fiction. Her first professional short fiction sale was in 2002, and her debut trilogy sold in 2007. Mantchev makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her husband Angel, her daughter Amélie and four hairy miscreant dogs. When not scribbling, she can be found on the beach, up a tree, making jam or repairing things with her trusty glue gun.