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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: drama, theater, autism, family, school life, responsibility, funding cuts, special needs
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 22/Mar/2016
Fry Reading Level: 2.8
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Randi wants to be an actress and is excited about practicing her craft in drama class. So she is devastated to learn the program has been cut. When her friends put together a successful proposal to have drama class taught as an extracurricular activity, Randi is thrilled. Until the reality sinks in. Extracurriculars are scheduled after school, and after school Randi is expected to take care of her special-needs brother. Can Randi find a way to make it all work out?

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"Well-presented and believable on every level."
CM Magazine
“Written in a fast-paced style that has the plot constantly progressing due to the action and characters. The straightforward vocabulary makes the book accessible to a wide range of students, but the text is not so simple that it becomes noticeable...any youth could find something to relate to in this book, and the addition of a character with autism creates a unique element to appeal to even more people. A great book for struggling readers. Will appeal to a wide range of readers with varying abilities...a good text to introduce students to the concept of empathy. Recommended.”
VOYA Magazine
"Features compelling characters and realistic dialogue."
Booklist Online
"Watson's high-low offering is a sensitive look at one sibling's struggle with and sacrifice for her brother...Toby is a well-rounded character...quite satisfying."

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CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2016 | Commended

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