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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Themes: facing your fears, mothers and daughters, ambition, self-confidence, bullying
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 28/Aug/2018
Fry Reading Level: 4.3
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Fourteen-year-old Paisley loves to sing. She dreams of being a pop star just like her idol, Denzi, who also grew up in the small town of Stonehill. The problem is, Paisley suffers from severe stage fright. She can only sing in private. When word gets out that a famous Stratford actor who has worked with Denzi is staying at a local B&B, Paisley decides it's time to face her fears. She convinces the actor to tutor her and signs up to sing in a high-profile fundraiser.

CM Magazine
"Much more than a simple story of a young girl trying to live up to the expectations set by her family. It is also about jealousy, cyber bullying and facing one's fears…A timely story, well written. Highly Recommended."
Kirkus Reviews
"Appealing, accessible story for teens interested in the arts that will tempt them to become avid readers."
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"This book will appeal to young readers who have an interest in performance and happy endings."
School Library Journal
"Written at a fourth and fifth grade reading level…the authentic story line will keep realistic fiction fans engaged."

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Performing art novels
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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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