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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: historical drama, performance, acting, self-esteem, injury, based on true events, human interactions, outdoor theater
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 13/Mar/2018
Fry Reading Level: 5.5
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Fourteen-year-old Ava is thrilled when she lands a part in a play based on the true story of orphans sent to Canada in the 1800s to work on farms. But is she good enough to hold her own in a professional production? As the rehearsal pressures crank up, Ava struggles with her character, with the vocal demands of outdoor theater and with the annoying ego of her castmate Kiefer. But as she learns more about the historical Lily on which her part is based, things begin to fall into place.

Then one bad decision jeopardizes Ava's chances of being able to perform on opening night.

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