Drama Queens in the House and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $17.99
  • Save: $1.83 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Drama Queens in the House has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Item in very good condition and at a great price! Textbooks may not include supplemental items i.e. CDs, access codes etc... All Day Low Prices!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Drama Queens in the House Hardcover – March 25, 2014


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$16.16
$1.86 $0.01

Summertime is Book Time
Make summertime book time with our featured reading lists for kids. Download our free Kindle app and bring your books wherever you go.
$16.16 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Life is pretty great for Jessie Jasper Lewis. Only 15, she's an early high school graduate, and her friends and family at the Jumble Players Theater surround her with their wacky hijinks. Jessie's theater family is throwing her a big bash for her graduation when her world suddently falls apart. She witnesses her father cheating on her mother with the costume designer, who is a man. This secret strains Jessie's relationship with her mother and causes her to question every relationship in her life. To make matters worse, when her father finally comes out, her aunt Loretta, a religious zealot predicting the end of days, severely judges Jessie's family and sends CLP (Church of the Living Prophesy) people to their door at all hours. The novel brings up several important questions of identity: What does it mean to be biracial? How does a teenager come to process and accept a homosexual parent? Unfortunately, unnecessary asides take readers away from the action—they do not reveal crucial information about the character or move the story forward. Ironically, there is too much drama in Drama Queens in the House in the form of too many characters with a mound of problems that lead readers away from truly connecting and caring about the protagonist.—Krishna Grady, Darien Library, CT

From Booklist

Sixteen-year-old Jessie Jasper Lewis is an only child: brilliant, biracial, and the heart of her Minnesota theater family. Having finished high school early and with no plans, she tries cleaning up her increasingly messy home life. Jessie realizes her dad is gay after she walks in on him kissing the costume designer. She manages to create space for him and his boyfriend in a house filled with people who don’t have an actual home base, including two cousins (one who was kicked out at age 12 for being gay) and her mother’s best friend. There are great gossipy, juicy details, but what makes Williams’ first prose novel work is the terrific sense of family of choice, as the community comes together, despite betrayals and misunderstandings, to support one another. Williams’ strong theater background shows in her easy, informative description of theater life, from improv games to analysis of Molière. Jessie is a wonderfully rich character: clever, capable, and self-aware while hanging onto some blind spots for dear life. Grades 7-12. --Debbie Carton
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596437359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437357
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,288,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
10
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 10 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rosboss on March 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
In Drama Queens in the House, Julie Williams does a wonderful job telling the story of Jesse, a young girl who is struggling to find herself in the midst of her family – a mixed-up group of characters – and all of their drama. With the backdrop of the theater, Jesse is faced with dealing with her parents separating, her dad coming to terms with being gay, the prediction of the end of the world and so much more – all while figuring out where she fits in. Drama is an understatement!

One thing I love about this story is the multidimensional and diversity of the characters and relationships. It shows how complex humans are…how life isn’t black or white or straight or gay or bisexual even. And with all of their differences, they are still one big happy loving family! We need more books like this that represent non-traditional families.

I laughed so much while reading this book. And I found myself so impressed with Jesse and how she dealt - and sometimes didn’t deal with - life around her. I think Williams created a young character that we will read about again. Jesse grows so much in this book and I found myself at the end wanting to see what she does next.

This story is a must read for any young person (and older) who is trying to find their voice…whether they’re the youngest sibling in a big family or in the middle of their parents’ divorce or not sure what they want to do when they graduate from high school.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tucker on April 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In her latest YA novel, Drama Queens in the House, Julie Williams weaves a delightful tapestry of richly diverse and engaging characters in a setting just crazy enough to ring true. Her storytelling brings the reader right into the scene, like one more cast member on stage, fully engaged in the unfolding drama.

Part of the pleasure in reading this book is the masterful way Ms. Williams organically and seamlessly incorporates the tough issues into the story, including race, sexuality, religious fanaticism, coming of age and finding your place in the world. This book is a gem, with compelling narrative that delivers a wide range of emotional experiences.

I recommend Drama Queens to anyone who longs for a great story reflecting believably diverse characters travelling a colorful and unique path in their world.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Townsdin on March 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This delightful YA novel handles racial, religious and sexual orientation issues with humor and heart. Sixteen-year-old Jessie must come to terms with a perfect storm of events that threaten to destroy her world, just as she’s trying to figure out where she fits, and what she really wants. She tries desperately to keep her family together, and almost loses her own way. Jessie’s parents own a theatre, an apt backdrop for this loveable, haphazard family and extended family of theatre friends, musicians and crazy relatives, all beautifully brought to life by Williams. I recommend DRAMA QUEENS IN THE HOUSE for all ages!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Hays Day on April 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I love theater. I love relationship stories and I love this book! Julie Williams blends unconventional lifestyle, life changes and a whole lot of caring with a nice dose of humor. I chuckled throughout the book and as I came to the last page I knew I was really going to miss these folks. This is a great story for any age group. Sure hope there’s more to come.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Morton on June 2, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The newest YA novel by Julie Williams is the sensitive, amusing, and engaging story of sixteen-year-old Jessie Jasper Lewis; a girl who, along with others in her life, embody the types of diversity that may be reflected in some of our own lives. But believe me, you won’t soon forget the remarkable and unique characters that make up the members of Jessie's immediate and extended family. I envy Jessie for having these talented, giving, entertaining, and ultimately loving people in her life.

But Jessie is unsure about plans for her future, even before being jolted out of a life she never expected to see change—at least not the way it does. Jessie struggles to figure out who she is and how to make a place for herself as one of the Jumble Players at the theatre owned and operated by her parents.

I recommend this book for everyone. Jessie’s journey entails themes so universal that readers can’t help but feel Jessie’s, anger, fear, disappointment, surprise, and happiness and to root for her even as events appear to plummet Jessie toward some predicted finalities.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Drama Queens in the House
This item: Drama Queens in the House
Price: $16.16
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com