by Alan Gratz
Horatio Wilkes Series
Summary: A young adult version of Hamlet with a modern twist, Something Rotten takes the reader to the polluted shores of Denmark, Tennessee. Our hero, Horatio Wilkes, is investigating the murder of his best friend's father in a town filled with suspects.
Review: One of the best young adult novels I have read in a long time, Something Rotten, is a fantastically hip version of Hamlet, told in a contemporary way that makes for an engrossing read. Horatio Wilkes is a great character -- smart, funny, and unique. The plot is action packed and lessons in underage drinking and environmental protection are intertwined in the story. Rating: **** out of 5.