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Dara Palmer’s Major Drama

ISBN: 9781492631385

By: Emma Shevah

Published: 07/05/2016

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Description

“‘The lead role of Maria in The Sound of Music goes to …”
I could practically hear her say “Dara Palmer.” This was going to be my big break! But what really came out of my teacher’s mouth was “Ella Moss-Daniels.”
My heart went huuuuggggggghhhhht.

Dara Palmer longs for stardom—but when she isn’t cast in her middle school’s production of The Sound of Music, she get suspicious. It can’t be because she’s not the best. She was born to be a famous movie star. It must 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.

Praise for 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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Reviews



“With themes of transracial adoption, racism, identity, friendship, and sibling rivalry (not to mention a hyperactively decorated page design), there’s a lot going on here, but Shevah’s novel raises interesting questions without attempting to neatly answer them all….[Dara’s] emotional growth is believable and appealing, and her super-chatty narration is never not funny.
” - Horn Book Magazine

“ Fun and though-provoking.” - People Magazine

“As she did in Dream On, Amber (2015), Shevah takes an insightful look at tween life, exploring themes of identity, race, and family with a liberal dose of humor. Dara is a winning, fittingly overdramatic character who starts to grow once she takes a more serious look her life and those in it...A heartwarming, diary-style novel (with decorative doodles by Crawford-White) that deserves a place on library shelves.” - Booklist

“Dara’s larger-than-life personality and true-to-life middle grade issues command center stage until the curtain falls” - School Library Journal, starred

“ Like Shevah’s Dream On, Amber, this entertaining insight into the mind of an adopted child, snappily narrated and exuberantly illustrated, is sure to win readers over, one teaspoonful at a time.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Following Dream On, Amber (2015), Shevah returns with another book, this time deftly navigating the complexity of being a transracial adoptee... this funny, charismatic heroine will capture her readers' hearts. ” - Kirkus, starred

Specs

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 5.5 in
Weight: 0.00 oz
Page Count: 288 pages

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