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Book 1 in the Youth Theater Adventures Series

"I loved it! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure." Peyton

"I wanted the book to keep going on forever!" Claire

Stage Wars by Mary E Hanks
Shem Michaels wants one thing. To be the lead in Green Bluff Academy's fall production, Island of Shalamar. Only one person stands in his way. TJ Fortine.

When Shem and TJ face off in a theatrical sword fight, tempers flare, and a moment of rage sends them crashing through the trap door, straight into Professor Plunkmeyer's time machine. Adventure and danger await as the two charge into the past. Right into medieval battles. Can they survive?
Even become friends?

Author and playwright, Mary E. Hanks, has written a fun, entertaining story filled with pulse-pounding suspense and harrowing experiences that will captivate any child's imagination. As a mother of two boys who delight in sword fighting, medieval times and role playing, I know kids will enjoy reading Stage Wars as the main characters embark on a time travel adventure unlike anything they've ever experienced. In the course of rehearsing for a school play, Shem, TJ and Claire find themselves aboard the Time Spinner, Professor Plunkmeyer’s brain child. Deposited in England in 1068 during the reign of King William the Conqueror when sword-wielding warriors and dungeons were the norm, can foes become friends and work together to find their way home again?

Stage right. Stage left. Offstage. Onstage. Houselights and intermission. For any youngster who enjoys theater and play acting, and feels a call to Broadway, this book is a great choice. Theatrical and captivating, Stage Wars is sure to make a bookworm out of even the most reluctant reader. If your child has an adventurous spirit and loves history and play-acting, then this is the book to read. Run to the bookstore and pick up a copy – and don’t be late! And don’t let Mrs. Dragoon catch you without your costume on!

Paula Lynn McGrew
Author of My Heart Beats for You
and Poodles at Play

Mary with a box of Stage Wars books.
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Stage Wars
has proven to be an exciting, highly entertaining adventure for children and, surprisingly, enough, for adults as well! Before giving copies to our grandchildren, my husband and I read with delight the escapades of Shem, TJ, and their cast of lively characters. Along with them, we got swept away by the Time Spinner, traveling back into history...meeting new people facing the joys and struggles of their lot in life in 1068.

Mary E Hanks' vivid imagination has brought to life believable, colorful characters that make "Time Travel" seem even plausible!

All of us are looking forward to more harrowing escapades of Shem and friends in the next sequel Stage Woes. We won't miss it.....neither should you!

Jack and Sue Kidd

Shem Michaels from Stage Wars
Shem Michaels

Debz Elijah from Stage Wars
Debz Elijah
TJ Fortine from Stage Wars
TJ Fortine

Claire Moss from Stage Wars
Claire Moss

Philly Davidson from Stage Wars
Philly Da
Cammie Michaels from Stage Wars
Cammie Michaels