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Dara Palmer's Major Drama - by Emma Shevah (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 288

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Sub-Genre: Performing Arts

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Sourcebooks Young Readers

Age Range: 9-12 Years

Book theme: Theater & Musicals

Author: Emma Shevah

Language: English

Street Date: July 5, 2016
TCIN: 51154812
UPC: 9781492631385
Item Number (DPCI): 248-16-4668
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


"Dara's larger-than-life personality and true-to-life middle grade issues command center stage until the curtain falls."--School Library Journal, STARRED Review

Dara Palmer is destined to be a star, and she's writing herself the role of a lifetime. In this book, Emma Shevah tells a heartwarming story of one girl's experience with transracial adoption and the drama of middle school.

Dara longs for stardom--but when she isn't cast in her middle school's production of The Sound of Music, she gets suspicious. It can't be because she's not the best. She was born to be a famous movie star. It must be because she's adopted from Cambodia and doesn't look like a typical fraulein. (That's German for girl.)

So irrepressible Dara comes up with a genius plan to shake up the school: write a play about her own life. Then she'll have to be the star.

Age Level: 8 and up - Grade Level: 3 to 7

Great for parents and educators looking for:
  • A story told with doodles and illustrations, perfect for readers that love graphic novels and reluctant readers
  • A great conversation starter for parents to talk to their kids about being unique and growing up with differences from their fellow classmates or community
  • A story about a girl who takes the initiative and isn't afraid to forge her own path.
  • Books for kids about transracial adoption
  • Praise for Emma Shevah's Dream On, Amber:
    A Booklist 2015 Top 10 First Novels for Youth
    A Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015
    "[This] novel is a charmer...While its humor and illustrations lend it Wimpy Kid appeal, its emotional depth makes it stand out from the pack."--Booklist STARRED review
    "A gutsy girl in a laugh-out-loud book that navigates tough issues with finesse."--Kirkus STARRED review
    "Amber's effervescent and opinionated narration captivates from the start."--Publishers Weekly STARRED review
    "By turns playful and poignant, in both style and substance, this coming-of-age novel will hook readers from the first page to the last."--School Library Journal STARRED review

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