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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: "bullying, immigrants"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2005
Lexile Level: HL560L
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
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When Renata is chosen to play the lead role in the school musical, students who used to ignore her start saying hello and congratulating her in the hall. She is happy until it becomes evident that Karin, a wealthy girl who expected to get the lead role, will go to great lengths to ruin Renata's reputation.

Washington State Revew Group - April 1, 2007
"Well-written and authentic...An excellent choice for reluctant readers in middle school."
KLIATT - July 1, 2005
"A great addition to any collection looking for something new to offer its reluctant readers."
Quill & Quire - July 1, 2005
"A fast, manageable read, along with relevant age-appropriate themes and an absorbing storyline."
hiplibrariansbookblog - May 31, 2005
"The author captures the quicksilver pace of change and delivers an important lesson without making it feel like a preachy moral."
by: Chris DeVito, CD Syndicated - April 20, 2005
"A daring, accessible piece of work."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice  | 2006 | Commended

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Middle-school fiction
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Contemporary stories

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