Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Theatre Illuminata

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book–an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not one of them, but they are her family. But in this young adult fantasy series, Bertie must find a way to save them, or she will lose her family and the only home she has ever known.

Books in this Series

So Silver Bright
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So Silver Bright

Theatre Illuminata (Volume 3)
Lisa Mantchev
Square Fish

All Beatrice Shakespeare Smith has ever wanted is a true family of her own. And she's close to reuniting her parents when her father disappears. Now Bertie must deal with a vengeful sea goddess...

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Perchance to Dream
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Perchance to Dream

Theatre Illuminata (Volume 2)
Lisa Mantchev
Square Fish

Following on the heels of Eyes Like Stars, the next book in Lisa Mantchev's Theatre Illuminata trilogy is equally fantastic and original—and very romantic!

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Eyes Like Stars
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Eyes Like Stars

Theatre Illuminata (Volume 1)
Lisa Mantchev
Square Fish

"Magical stagecraft, unmanageable fairies, and a humorous cast of classical characters form the backdrop for this imaginative coming-of-age."—Suzanne Collins

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About the author

Lisa Mantchev

Lisa Mantchev is the author of the Theatre Illuminata series, including Perchance to Dream and Eyes Like Stars. She grew up in the small Northern California town of Ukiah. She wrote her first play in the fourth grade, and has been involved in theater ever since. She received two scholarships to study drama at the University of California, Irvine. She won the Chancellor's Award For Undergraduate Research in Drama her senior year while studying in the Campuswide Honors Program. After graduation, she taught English at the Lycée Internationale de Los Angeles and created their Drama After School Program. In between report cards and drafting scripts for Winter and Spring productions, she wrote fiction. Her first professional short fiction sale was in 2002, and her debut trilogy sold in 2007. Mantchev makes her home on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state with her husband Angel, her daughter Amélie and four hairy miscreant dogs. When not scribbling, she can be found on the beach, up a tree, making jam or repairing things with her trusty glue gun.