These two books make good companion reads for The Odyssey and Shakespeare.
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Sharon Creech's fast-paced novel immediately pulls in readers age 10-16. Mary Lou's struggle to come to terms with her cousin will bring laughter and tears to readers. This makes a great companion book for students reading The Odyssey as Mary Lou is also reading the book over summer vacation. She constantly compares her family and herself to the broad cast of characters. Readers can visit Sharon on her website.
This story is just one in a series by Gary L. Blackwood. It gives young readers a good look at Elizabethan society during Shakespeare's time. Shakespeare's Spy is even a good companion for older readers struggling with Shakespeare. Blackwood's historical setting is realistic and vivid. The book moves slow and is predictable in places, but is still a good read.