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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 256
Themes: family, theater, teen issues
Publisher: Coteau Books
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
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For always and EVER, Molly Gumley has wanted to be on stage, has imagined and dreamed of life as an actor. That's because Grand, her grandmother, filled Molly with colorful stories of theatre life, and with her faith in what she saw as Molly's destiny. But as Molly enters high school, Grand is no longer in her life. She's left to pursue the dream on her own. High school, with a real stage and a real drama teacher, is the next step to Molly and Grand's shared dream—life is finally going to begin. Molly auditions for a school play, certain of the lead role. She is going to shine! But then she runs into a roadblock that threatens everything, making her question her lifelong dream.

With a cast of interesting and unforgettable supporting characters, Molly's Cue will appeal to all young adults trying to find their place in life's stage. Humourous and poignant, Alison has created a compelling novel that will appeal to many.

Canadian Teacher - May 1, 2011
"A great read for teens who may be encountering speed bumps on the road of life...Readers will enjoy journeying with Molly as she misses her cue, time and again, only to finally find the right path and begin to develop her own identity."
Resource Links - October 1, 2010
"Molly's Cue fills a niche in children's literature similar to the one Jane Austen's Emma (1815) fills for adults. Like Emma, Molly has it all: she is confident, talented, and sure of her future. Like Emma, Molly needs to learn to respect others for their abilties...and to understand how she can best contribute to the world around her...The characters are heartwarmingly real; their troubles are expressed sympathetically, in a manner that is not overwhelmingly angst-inducing...A positive and strong voice for the artistic child reader to hear."
Kirkus Reviews - September 15, 2010
"The story's strength is the way the trapped adults articulate poignant truths about their lives."
CM Magazine - September 10, 2010
"The relationships in Molly's Cue are real, gritty, and teens who enjoy stories of friendship and families will enjoy this book. A sure hit with teens who are into drama and theatre, Acheson's novel illustrates the ups and downs of having a dream, struggling to realize it, and coming to terms with disappointment if things don't quite work out. Molly's struggles to accept change and feelings of unrealized expectations will resonate with teens who are going through transition in their own lives. Recommended."


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