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Fiction Ages 11-14
Pages: 160
Themes: musical theater, theater, teamwork, singing, dance, competition, performance
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 12/04/2016
Fry Reading Level: 4.5
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Ellie is used to getting leading roles in her small-town school’s musicals, but her place at center stage disappears when her dad becomes the host of a breakfast TV show and they have to move to the big city. When Ellie auditions for—and lands—a spot with the Youth Works Theater Company, she comes up against a tight-knit group of talented, experienced and competitive triple-threat performers. Not only does she not get a lead, but she has to share a role with Marissa, a company veteran who seems determined to do all she can to outshine Ellie. Out of her depth and far from all that she’s known, Ellie wonders just what she has to do to stop feeling upstaged by everyone around her.

School Library Connection - August 1, 2016
"A good choice for high-low readers...recommended."
Booklist - March 3, 2016
"A quick read, and the frequent references to current and classic musical titles will appeal to readers who fancy the limelight for themselves."
Kirkus Reviews - February 1, 2016
"[McCowan] presents an accurate account of a theater company, with its off-site, dress, and technical rehearsals, and a convincingly diverse urban cast of secondary characters...A nifty story for theater fans."

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Performing art novels
for ages 11–14

Key Features:

Aimed at middle-school students with an interest in the performing arts.

Topics include music, dance, theater, the circus and magic.

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