Eyes Like Stars
by Lisa Mantchev
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has a led a charmed life on the stage.
She actually lives on a stage, in a magical theatre, where the characters from every play ever written come to life and perform.
With no knowledge of her parents or even how she came to live there, Beatrice hopes to one day meet the mother she's never known.
Of course, she first has to prove that she has the right to stay there. And since she seems to be better at blowing cannonballs through set pieces instead of building them, that may be harder than even she believes.
With her constant companions, the fairies from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Beatrice must direct Hamlet (set in Egypt), deal with a dangerous flirt (an air spirit from The Tempest), and try to understand the only man who seems to truly want her to stay safe (a sailor from The Little Mermaid).
Can Beatrice learn all the secrets of the Théâtre Illuminata before she's forced to leave and live in the real world?