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this book is an example of gripping historical fiction for young readers I think that the book s premise and characters are its two strongest appeal factors First off, the idea that an average 15 year old stumbles into the life of another 15 year old is intriguing Readers who aren t already familiar with Lady Jane Grey will be fascinated by this teenager queen who sat on the throne for only 9 days The author s skillful writing translates a historical event into an experience that young readers will be able to visualize and with which they will sympathize I found that the characters are also strong, realistic, and familiar Jane Grey modern is portrayed as a girl with whom most girls can relate, yet she has her own personality i.e she is not a shell character While she s learned to be independent, she s also vulnerable and in need of true adult support and friendship Lady Jane Grey is a wonderful character human in her fear regarding her fate, a little stubborn, yet playful and reflective By the book s end, I felt very in tune with her character and I mourned for her friendship almost as much as Jane modern does.The author s writing is very good a smooth balance of history and fiction that introduces the historical context of Lady Jane Grey s time in a natural, interesting way Also, the author uses 16th cen language and vocabulary very cool All in all, a great read that left me musing and that I would definitely recommend for the gr.5 crowd content wise execution, dealing with changing friendships, alcoholism, boys, etc. 2.5 Namesake by Sue MacLeod is a short story where teenage Jane Grey has a history assignment on the Tutors Her subject, namesake, of choice is Jane Grey, a 15year old who was reluctantly throned the ruler of England only to be executed after 9 days Present day Jane finds this mysterious book of prayer After reciting a verse aloud she finds herself in London the year 1553, meeting her namesake I personally could not finish the book, the first few pages I found difficult to keep up with which character was speaking The writing was distasteful such as this sentence on page 33, A line of shadow slithered at the edge of things I thought, Things What things The sky, the ground Who the hell knows Another sentence also from page 33, It shot in an up down row I thought, Up down Why not say vertical The author was annoyingly overly descriptive of the comforter as well All in all I hated this book, would not recommend it. What the This book is so random and weird It is also in serious need of a good revamp, editing, and an author who knows how teenagers speak and act The good thing about this book is that it is very well researched in the historical aspects That is, in fact, the only good thing The story is disjointed Extremely disjointed The writing is juvenile at best The novel reads like a first or second draft rather than a polished story The characters are ridiculous, unbelievable, and all carbon copies of each other Their relationships are unbelievable and, well, stupid It s just a dumb book Do not recommend. I took a chance and I liked it, despite a slow start that borders on boring A simple read if you wish it to be, but a story that highlights some important themes methods of coping escapism, courage, family dysfunction, building trust in friends, preparedness, among others Bittersweet ending. Real history mixed with fiction sometimes are the neatest of novels This was heartbreaking and cute I loved the adventure of the past and present It was a miracle and fun to think of people with the exact first and last name I loved every second of reading this book I loved in each chapter a word and description would be used. 3.5 Namesake was a great book This is the story about two people Jane Gray is in high school and has to do a history project on someone who lived long ago When Jane comes home from the library with a few options for her project, she notices that there is a book in her bag that she didn t sign out This book was called Book of Prayre Jane soon finds out this is no ordinary book As soon as Jane starts to read it she is literally pulled into the story At first Jane thinks that she is dreaming this, but she is some how back in the 15th century right in the Lady Jane s Quarters Shocked and confused how this could be happening Jane just thinks that she is dreaming On this visit you could say Lady Jane is being held captive in her castle being told she has to marry someone that she doesn t love At first Lady Jane thinks that Jane is there as an angel from God there to save her from this marriage that she is being forced into Jane tries to explain to her that she is from the 21st century and she s not sure how she got there.Jane soon realizes that she gets pulled back home whenever some noise goes on.Lady Jane and Jane soon build a friendship that they seem to help each other out Jane feels bad because she knows exactly the fate of Lady Jane and she wants to find away to save her Jane is able to get Lady Jane into our time but like in her case over there she couldn t control how long she was able to stay Whenever Lady Jane and Jane are together they are always curious about how each other lives is in their time Lady Jane is extremely curious about how Jane dresses and how there are lights that come on with switches As you read through the book you can really see the bond that comes together between Lady Jane and Jane.Sadly though, Jane is unable to get Jane back to her time and she was indeed hung to her death on Tower Green on February.12,1554.This book also goes into some detail on the fact that Jane Grey s mom had some drinking issues and made family life very hard for Jane Jane never knew what kind of mood to expect her mom to be in each day Reading and exscaping into Lady Jane s life was like a bit of freedom from her mom Her mom had good days which Jane loved, her mom was happy to be around always interested in how Jane s day was and Jane felt like she had a real mom Then there were days where her mom would either yell at her for no reason or just simply disappear for hours on end going to bars and getting drunk.At the end unfortunately her drinking had caused so many problems that Jane couldn t handle living with her any At the end it wasn t totally clear what happened between her and her mom, but it showed that other people knew what was going on, and that she wasn t alone any. This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer You can find it, and manyreviews at the blog.3.75 starsIn modern day Halifax, Nova Scotia yay for books set in Canada , Jane Grey begins a project for history class During her research of her namesake, Lady Jane Grey, she is transported through time to the Tower of London, where Lady Jane is being held prisoner, awaiting news of her fate.Lady Jane enters Jane s life at exactly the right time, and her friendship is invaluable Jane s best friend is making new friends, which makes it seem like she and Jane are growing apart Between that, Jane s horrible mother I won t say too much because it would get into spoiler territory , and Jane s confusing crush, Jane desperately needs the escape of Lady Jane s friendship, and to be able to concentrate on someone else s problems rather than her own Jane draws strength from Lady Jane the former queen s fate is set in stone, but Jane s isn t, and through Jane she finds the courage to do something about her awful home situation.I thought MacLeod did a really good job of weaving the past together with the present I always worry that books like this will get confusing with the back and forth, but I had no trouble keeping up with Namesake I enjoyed watching Jane s life in the present, and I eagerly anticipated each of her visits to the past, since I ve always been fascinated with Tudor era England.I appreciated that Namesake wasthan just a novel about time travel Like any good contemporary YA, it had real life issues friends changing and growing up, family issues, school, relationships It was also interesting to see the issues that Lady Jane faced in the past, and what her life and death was like I also liked that it spotlighted a valuable lesson people aren t always what they appear.I was dreading the ending, knowing what happens to Lady Jane, but I thought it was so well done It was kind of bittersweet and had me smiling even as I teared up, but overall it left me feeling hopeful, and Jane s present day resolution left me completely satisfied Namesake is a captivating story that is sure to please fans of contemporary young adult and historic fiction alike. `Download ⇺ Namesake ⇔ It Started With A History Project Mr Gregor Assigned A Research Paper On A Figure From The Tudor Era, And Of Course Jane Grey Had To Pick Her Namesake Lady Jane Grey, The Fifteen Year Old Girl Whose Parents Schemed To Place Her On The Throne Of England, Then Abandoned Her To Face The Executioner The Project Is Engrossing From The Start, But When Jane Opens A Mysterious Prayer Book And Finds Herself In The Tower Of London In , She Ends Up Literally Drawn Into Her Namesake S Story Soon, Jane Is Slipping Into The Past Whenever The Present Becomes Too Unbearable, Avoiding Her Mother S Demands, Her Best Friend S Fickleness, Her Crush S Indifference In The Tower She Plays Chess With The Imprisoned Lady Jane, Awed By Her New Friend S Strength And Courage And It Is In The Tower, Keeping Vigil As The Day Of The Execution Draws Near, That Jane Learns That She, Too, Must Have The Courage To Fight For Her Own Happiness