Mystery and History in The Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave by Deron R. Hicks


I read this book for an article I wrote for Brightly.  I checked it out of the library and read the entire book in one sitting.  It was easy to read and a fun mystery to get lost in.

It’s a current-day mystery about a young girl trying to figure out how to save her family business. Someone is sabotaging her father’s hard work, so she joins her middle aged cousin in a hunt for a family treasure. The combination of humor and intrigue made this book enjoyable and fun to read. The characters go on a National Treasure style treasure hunt where they find a series of clues and have to figure them out in order to move on to the next one. While it’s a classic idea, it was done well. Who doesn’t love a treasure hunt?

Content: clean


Bonus: You can read this book for free with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.

About Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave:

  • Age range: 9-12
  • Grade Level: 4 – 7
  • Series: The Shakespeare Mysteries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 10, 2013)


Twelve-year-old Colophon Letterford has a serious mystery on her hands. Will she discover the link between her family’s literary legacy and Shakespeare’s tomb before it’s too late? Antique paintings, secret passages, locked mausoleums, a four-hundred-year-old treasure, and a cast of quirky (and some ignoble) characters all add up to a fun original adventure. Readers will revel in a whirlwind journey through literary time and space in real-world locales from Mont St. Michel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to Central Park!

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    Adriana Garcia
    May 25, 2015 at 2:36 am

    Huh. The dynamic of the two characters is interesting. Something I've never read before. And trasure hunts? I'll be looking out for Secret's of Shakespeare's Play at my library.

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