Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach
Hero is about to start sixth grade at a new school. Besides all the normal concerns of starting a new school Hero knows that she will be teased about her name.Although her Shakespearean name has caused her problems in the past, she was not prepared when a student in her class stated that her dog was named "Hero." This begins the name calling and teasing that Hero so wanted to avoid. Why can't she be as pretty and have as many friends as her sister Beatrice? Why couldn't her parents give her a normal name like they gave her sister. Sometimes life just isn't fair!
One day her mom asks her to take something to their next door neighbor, Mrs. Roth. Although she is not excited about going next door, this visit starts a friendship with the neighbor and one of the most popular boys at school named Danny Cordova.When Mrs Roth starts telling Hero about the person who used to live in her house, Hero has a new appreciation of Shakespeare. Mrs. Roth shows Hero a beautiful necklace that she has in her possession that is missing a diamond. A large diamond that goes back to the time of Shakespeare. The previous owner of Hero's house had given the diamond to her with a note. The note is actually a quote from one of Shakespears' plays. Hero and Danny try to solve the mystery of the missing diamond. could it still be located in Hero's house? Will they be able to keep it? What does this diamond have to do with Mrs. Roth or the previous owner?
Danny's father is the chief of police. What will happen if Danny tells his dad about the diamond?
To find out the answers to these questions and many more pick up a copy of this book and join the adventure. It will not let you down.