The Invisible Hand: Shakespeare’s Moon, ACT I

The Invisible Hand: Shakespeare’s Moon, ACT IThe Invisible Hand: Shakespeare's Moon, ACT I by James Hartley
Published by Lodestone Books on February 22nd 2017
Pages: 168
ISBN: 1785354981
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Sam, new to the boarding school, finds himself with the ability to travel (or are his travels dreams?)back in time to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl named Leana who can travel into the future (Sam’s present day) . Back at the boarding school, he meets Leana again and knows that his “dreams” might be more than just “dreams”. Through their adventures, they find themselves entangled in Macbeth(the Shakespeare play) and with the boarding school. The story goes back and forth between Sam’s present day at the school to being in Medieval Scotland and the setting o Macbeth.

I first became acquainted with Sam when I read the novella Heart of Winter. This book is part of a series of books or readers ranging from 11-14 years old and each will focus on a different Shakespeare play. This is a good way to introduce young readers to Shakespeare. I am not sure how much Shakespeare is taught to kids at school. I know that I did not really learn about Shakespeare and his body of work until High School where several of his plays were required reading – Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth being the ones I recall the most.

Initially I wasn’t sure how I felt about this book. It took me a little bit of time to get into it. My advice is to give this book time as the story does build. The reader begins to figure out what is going on as Sam does. The Author has a clever way of putting a story within a story. As Sam begins to study Macbeth at his school, the play comes to life.

Received from the Author in exchange for an honest review

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