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A Celtic Night: A Fifteen-Year-Old Girl's Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream

by Bridget O'Dwyer

Publisher: Holy Macro! Books
Pages: 160
Paperback
ISBN: 9781932802948






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Overview of A Celtic Night: A Fifteen-Year-Old Girl's Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream

A modern retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this story of a 15-year-old American girl's experience studying abroad in the Irish countryside borrows elements from Irish folklore and escapist-fantasy fiction. Adjustment to life with an Irish family is hard at first, but she forges a bond with her new school friends when, late one night, they slip out into the surrounding woods and revel with fairy-like creatures at a magical wedding party. Real settings in Ireland provide the backdrop for the story, and the Shakespearean storyline serves well to depict an adolescent's breakthrough from outsider status to membership in an enchanted society.

Synopsis of A Celtic Night: A Fifteen-Year-Old Girl's Modern Retelling of Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream

A modern retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream, this story of a 15-year-old American girl's experience studying abroad in the Irish countryside borrows elements from Irish folklore and escapist-fantasy fiction. Adjustment to life with an Irish family is hard at first, but she forges a bond with her new school friends when, late one night, they slip out into the surrounding woods and revel with fairy-like creatures at a magical wedding party. Real settings in Ireland provide the backdrop for the story, and the Shakespearean storyline serves well to depict an adolescent's breakthrough from outsider status to membership in an enchanted society.

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Has the brat-pack appeal of movies of the 1980s such as Pretty in Pink or Sixteen Candles, and should entertain its intended audience.

About the Author, Bridget O'Dwyer

Bridget O'Dwyer is a high-school senior who won the 2004 Fresh Writers Competition for this story inspired by a year spent in Ireland. She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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Has the brat-pack appeal of movies of the 1980s such as Pretty in Pink or Sixteen Candles, and should entertain its intended audience.

VOYA

Determined to shake up her life and do something different, fifteen-year-old Sarah decides to move from Syracuse, New York, to Ireland to live with her relatives in the small town of Thurles. If the prospect of living for six months so far away from home does not provide enough excitement, Sarah not only encounters the cultural differences across the pond but also is immersed in the fairy tales and folklore of Ireland. This modern retelling of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream is filled with details of life in rural Ireland. After just a short time, Sarah meets Declan, a member of the hurling team. Handsome and funny, he seems to be everything that she could hope for, but the appearance of a mystery boy who manages to stay just beyond her reach fills her imagination. Following the general plot lines of Shakespeare's comedy, Sarah works as a waitress at a wedding and that night dreams of her future husband, a man who looks remarkably like the mysterious figure. Drama ensues as Sarah, her friend Kate, Declan, and the mystery boy, Liam, are touched by magic, leaving each of them loving the wrong person. Only the fairy can right the mistake, realigning their love. Earnest and clever, O'Dwyer's debut novel manages to follow the complicated twists of Shakespeare. Unfortunately the story suffers somewhat under immature writing and uneven characterization. Even marred by these flaws, however, this tale manages to hint at what this young writer could accomplish with guidance and some heavy editing assistance. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P S (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006,Fresh Writer Books (13386 Judy Ave. NW, Uniontown, OH 44685), 160p., Trade pb. Ages 15 to 18.
—Heather Hepler

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