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Second Story Press Fall 2020

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The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life
By (author): Dani Jansen
9781772601213 Paperback, Trade, Adhesive bound English Young Adult : Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 - 16 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Theater & Musicals North America Sep 22, 2020
$13.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.7 in | 290 gr 304 pages Second Story Press
Alison Green, desperate Valedictorian-wannabe, agrees to produce her school’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. That’s her first big mistake. The second is accidentally saying yes to a date with her oldest friend, Jack, even though she’s crushing on Charlotte.

Alison manages to stay positive, even when her best friend starts referring to the play as "Ye Olde Shakespearean Disaster." Alison must cope with the misadventures that befall the play if she’s going to survive the year. She’ll also have to grapple with what it means to be out and what she might be willing to give up for love.

Dani Jansen is a teacher and writer who lives in Montreal. She should probably be embarrassed to admit that she has performed as part of her school’s Glee Club for eight years. She should probably also be ashamed to tell people that she named her cats after punctuation symbols, Ampersand and Em-Dash, in case you're curious).


- A YA novel that uses humour to explore LGBTQ+ topics. NOT a tragic coming-out story.
- Will resonate with teenaged high achievers. Young people who feel the weight of the world is on their shoulders will likely understand Alison best.
- Drama nerds, romance lovers and teens that like "realistic" fiction will also enjoy the story.
- Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
- Extensive ARC distribution, advance e-galleys
- Author interview on blog and social media promotion


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(D)ebut novelist Jansen crafts a relatable heroine whose anxious first-person narration carries the debut, while the diverse supporting cast rounds it out. Readers will root for Alison as she learns to collaborate, manage others’ expectations, accept failure, and, ultimately, to love. - Publisher's Weekly, September 1 2020

In the words of the Bard himself, most wonderful. - Kirkus Reviews, June 2020

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