Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach is an exciting mystery just right for kids and adults alike. Full of fascinating information about Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare (did he or didn't he write those plays?), and others, this 2008 Caudill award nominee will keep the pages turning.
Hero Netherfield is a geeky 6th grader in a new school. As if that isn't enough, she has to deal with a first-day embarassment when a thoughtless classmate makes fun of her name--a legacy from her Shakespeare-fan parents--by saying that she has a dog with that name.
Still, Hero makes two unlikely friends--8th-grade heart throb Danny Cordova and lonely Mrs. Roth, her neighbor, from whom she discovers that a mystery surrounds her family's new home--a priceless and historic diamond is supposedly hidden somewhere on the property--and the previous owner picked her family to buy his house!
In the process of searching at every opportunity, Hero, Danny, and the interesting Mrs. Roth discovers some stunning information about William Shakespeare, a 16th-century courtier named Edward de Vere, Queen Elizabeth I, and her mother, the tragic Anne Boleyn. Is there a connection between the missing diamond and any of these people? What kind of secret could an Elizabethan playwright dead these 400 years still be keeping?