A Modern-Day Hamlet
for Young Adult &
New Adult Readers
3 Twisted Fairytale
Retellings for Young Adult Readers
Creepy the 8th Dwarf's
TaleSpins Story Told
as a Graphic Novel
A 4th Grader Becomes
an Intergalactic Hero
. . . By Accident!
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A Modern-Day Hamlet for Young Adult
& New Adult Readers
His father is dead.
His mother has remarried.
His uncle is . . . his new stepfather?
Nineteen-year-old film student old Simon
Elsinore must determine if the claim made by
his father's ghost is true. And if so, Simon
must exact the revenge his father demands!
“The key pieces of Shakespeare's play are all present . . . and those fascinated by the machinations of the original play will be intrigued to learn how Mullin manipulates the plot. His positioning of the play's tragic conclusion as a headline-grabbing mass murder should hook readers from the start.”
“The story accosts you from the outset and keeps you hooked throughout . . . Overall, in a way that a really powerful Hamlet play performance can, Simon spoke in an urgent and direct tone to me in perhaps a way that reading the play might lack. It acts as a bridge between performance and play text powerful in its own right as a YA book, and infused with even greater urgency as it opened my eyes to the magnitude of the human crisis of Hamlet.”
“Simon demonstrates the way in which the power of narrative and the power of Shakespearean drama can be harnessed and if, as Mullin manages, this power is captured, new angles and elements of the play and society may be brought to light. This is not simply an appropriation which takes storyline but one which replicates and reinvigorates characters, emotions, and circumstance, and presents them anew in comfortable suburbia where we’d least expect it.”
"I greatly enjoyed Simon by Michael Mullin. It lived up to the teaser from the back cover although I was surprised from the opening pages that the main character was dead from the beginning of our story. Mullin captivated me from the beginning with his modern retelling of Hamlet. He follows the classic story and I appreciate this. But there is enough of a modern flavor to hold the attention of YA readers today."
"Readers will find this story interesting. It moves along at a nice clip. It will appeal to readers of both sexes. I would certainly add It to my library and recommend it to my YA readers."
This Trilogy Includes These
3 Twisted Fairytale Retellings:
An 8th Dwarf?
Snow White did! In this previously untold story, readers meet Creepy, who is banished to the cottage basement for being different. From there he affects the fairytale we all thought we knew!
A teenage princess with an attitude hires the witch from The Frog Prince to get revenge on a Mean Girl who's picking on her at school. A troll she meets along the way thinks it’s a very bad idea.
An Overnight Odyssey
A wealthy man who lives high above ground crosses paths with a boy thief who has nothing to lose. A mystery graffitist and some magic beans complete the
dark and twisted retelling.
"The verse is crisp and easy to follow, and the stories all tend toward adding dark humor and modern sensibilities to the familiar material."
TaleSpins was twice selected as required summer reading for middle schoolers at the prestigious Chandler School in Pasadena CA.
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8: The Untold Story
The first of the 3 TaleSpins stories starring Creepy the 8th Dwarf
told as a graphic novel
Drawn by former
Enjoy the first 4 pages right here!
Rocketboy: The Return of Dr. Megaton
A Middle-Grade Sci-Fi Humor Adventure
Some heroes are born. Others are made . . . by MISTAKE!
Smarter than most kids twice his age, 4th grader Skyler Mahoney wasn't supposed to become a Rocketman Hero Defender of the galaxy.That job was meant for his big brother Dean, the star high school athlete. You see, the Federation of Intergalactic Good (F.I.G.) sends an alien girl named Hayley Comet and two robots, Snipe & Twidget, to give the mystical, empowering Melding Ring to Dean. But it lands on Skyler's finger instead! Thinking Skyler is WAY too young, the recruiters try to talk him into giving the Ring back. But when the little guy sees all the epic space stuff, he's ALL IN!
"What a fun and captivating novel! Michael MullIn and illustrator John Skewes sure know what boy readers, and girls too, like. This was like being part of a Saturday morning cartoon shows that I grew up with. It was fun, exciting, and funny! . . . The writing is spot on. The asides to the reader are hilarious. The story flows so easily and keeps the readers engaged. I think this novel is so much better than the Captain Underpants series and will certainly appeal to a wider audience. I cannot wait to add this to my elementary library. My students will be wanting more!"