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Erin Dionne
The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet


The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet by Erin DionneTo die or not to die of utter mortification…

Hamlet Kennedy just wants to be your average, happy, vanilla eighth-grader. But with Shakespearean scholar parents who dress in Elizabethan regalia and generally go about in public as if it were the 16th century, that’s not terribly easy. It gets worse when they decide that Hamlet’s genius seven-year-old sister will attend middle school with her—and even worse when the Shakespeare project is announced and her sister is named the new math tutor. By the time an in-class recitation reveals that our heroine is an extraordinary Shakespearean actress, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she—like her family—is anything but average.

Every bit as funny as her debut, Erin Dionne has created another eighth grader whose situation is utterly unique—but whose foibles and farces will resound with every girl currently suffering through middle school.

Praise for Erin Dionne’s The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet:

Named to 2013-2014 Massachusetts Children's Book Award list
2013 YALSA Popular Paperback
Nominated for the 2011 Keystone (Pennsylvania) State Reading Association Young Adult Book Award.

“I totally, untragically LOVE Hamlet. I’ve always fantasized about going back to middle school armed with beyond-middle-school smarts—I just never imagined doing so as a seven-year-old child genius. And I certainly never imagined being the older sister of said Child Genius, and having her end up in eighth grade with me. But Hamlet, Dezzie’s older sis, is forced to deal with this very insanity...and she does so in a way that is hilarious and painful and made me cry big, goofy, happy tears. Huzzah for Hamlet Kennedy!” —Lauren Myracle

“Some sisterly bonding, the sweet flutterings of a first romance, and a creatively contrived comeuppance for the mean girls make this a cheerful read for younger middle-schoolers.” —Booklist

“Hamlet believably grows to fit the new challenges in her life, and her frustrations, presented in a good-humored, first-person narrative, are entertainingly contained within the three Shakespearean(ish) acts of this amusing tale, which captures some of the pitfalls of middle school.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Hamlet’s narration is charming, and readers will empathize entirely… an excellent choice for middle school readers.” —School Library Journal

“To Be Read or Not to Be Read? There Is No Question… Erin Dionne’s irresistible new novel … With its dramatic ‘scenes’ written from Hamlet’s hilariously astute point of view, this crowd-pleaser will have readers shouting, ‘Huzzah!’” —Family Fun Magazine

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet would be an excellent choice for any preteen—and her parents. Girls will love Dionne’s accurate descriptions of middle-school life, from the two prissy bullies intent on humiliating our heroine to her crush on the most popular boy in school. Parents will appreciate the novel for its focus on the importance of accepting yourself and on open communication among family members.” —BookPage

Length: 304 pp
Genre/Category: Middle grade/tween fiction
Period: Contemporary

North American rights, Dial Books for Young Readers
French rights, Helium Editions

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.

  Erin Dionne

Dionne writes novels that feature mysteries, marching bands, Shakespeare, cookies, annoying family members, and the heart and humor that come with growing up. She’s also a mom, wife, college professor, and Red Sox fan.

Erin Dionne’s website can be found at