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Shakespeare's Secret
by Elise Broach
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1.What do you find out about Hero in the first chapter of the book? What kind of person is she? Would you like her for a friend?
2.Hero sometimes can't imagine how she and her sister Beatrice could be part of the same family because they're so different. Is that true of you and your siblings?
3.What's the "secret" of fitting in to a new school or new situation? What's the difference between "fitting in" and "blending in?" Are you more like Hero or Beatrice?
4.Did you find the background information on Shakespeare and Edward De Vere interesting?
5.Why did Mr Murphy hide the diamond? Would you have done the same thing?
6.Would you like to go on some kind of treasure hunt in YOUR house? If so, would you ask someone to help you or would you prefer to search by yourself?
7.Was it wrong of Mrs Roth not to tell Hero up front that she was Mr Murphy's ex-wife? Why doesn't she tell Hero? Why does Hero get so upset when she finds out?
8.Who is your favorite character? Why?
9.What is Shakespeare's Secret? Is this a good title for the book? What are some of the other secrets in the story?
10.Who is Danny Cordova? Do you like him? Why or why not? Why did Danny send the Murphy diamond to his mother? If you were in Danny's place, what would you have done with it?
11.What was your favorite part of the book?
12.What do you think the future holds for Hero, Danny, Triss, Mrs Roth, Anna, Danny's dad, Hero's parents?
13.How does Hero change from the person she was at the beginning of the story?
14.How did Hero and Beatrice get their names? Why doesn't Hero like hers? Do you like your name? Why or why not?
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