A Wounded Name

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Academy. Seeing ghosts is not a skill prized in future society wives. Even when she takes her pills, the bean sidhe beckon, reminding her of a promise to her dead mother. Now, in the wake of the Headmaster’s sudden death, the whole academy is in turmoil, and Ophelia can no longer ignore the fae. Especially once she starts seeing the Headmaster’s ghosts—two of them—on the school grounds. Her only confidante is Dane, the Headmaster’s grieving son. Yet even as she gives more of herself to him, Dane spirals toward a tragic fate—dragging Ophelia, and the rest of Elsinore, with him.

You know how this story ends. Yet even in the face of certain death, Ophelia has a choice to make—and a promise to keep.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 320
Publication Date 2013-09-01
Reading Counts! Level 8.6
Text Type Fiction—Paranormal
BISACS YAF038000, YAF052000, YAF058250
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
Lexile 1010
ATOS Reading Level 6.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 159749
Accelerated Reader® Points 17.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author: Dot Hutchison

Dot Hutchison has worked in retail, taught at a Boy Scout camp, and fought in human combat chessboards, but she's most grateful that she can finally call writing work. When not immersed in the worlds-between-pages, she can frequently be found dancing around like an idiot, tracing stories in the stars, or waiting for storms to roll in from the ocean. She currently lives in Florida. A Wounded Name is her debut novel. Visit her online at ww.dothutchison.com.



“The transcendent nature of Hamlet is artfully emphasized by the contemporary characters and setting, and the reality that far too many young women are prone to Ophelia’s love-besotted mistake.” —Booklist


“The novel is rife with ancient folklore, elements of fantasy, murder, and suspense. Each character is wholly rendered; good and evil are not labels easily affixed in this story, and the complicated family dynamics add to the drama….Readers are in for a treat with Hutchison’s rich, haunting prose.” —starred, VOYA

School Library Journal

“This novel is a very feminist take on the events of the play as it focuses on Ophelia and incorporates recent critical thinking about the tragic consequences of the limitations and restrictions placed on women….®eaders familiar with Hamlet will be fascinated with this retelling.” —School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“A vividly told, painfully sad tragedy that will make readers take a second look at the Bard.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books