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Bumbling Bea by [Baldwin, Deborah]
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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite

"Bumbling Bea is a story that will echo the experiences of many youngsters. Beatrice regrets that her parents live apart and she often blames her father. However, Beatrice attributes disasters, resulting mostly from activities aimed at being popular at school, to Bumbling Bea, her alter ego. Bumbling Bea ignores Beatrice's own opinion that she has no talent for acting and goes ahead to audition for the leading role in the annual play. She reckons without Michiko, a Japanese girl new to the school, but Bumbling Bea conceives a diabolical plan to defeat the stranger. When Beatrice's alter ego takes over, any skulduggery goes.

Bumbling Bea by Deborah Baldwin cannot fail to become a favourite with pre-teen readers, and very likely teenagers too, because the mixture of pathos and humour is so realistic. Ms Baldwin establishes Beatrice's character before the subject of playing Pocahontas arises. When it does, Beatrice finds that the play is a modern rewrite of the one she had used to rehearse, immersing herself in the part of Pocahontas. How can she do a good audition? Alter ego Bumbling Bea's muddles and misguided remarks already had me laughing aloud; I couldn't wait to find out how far she would go to stop her new Japanese classmate, Michiko, from stealing the limelight. There is a subtle message behind the fun and the brilliant descriptions of amateurs staging a performance of a well-known musical film. Bumbling Bea is a story about friendship, and why it matters more than popularity "bought" by attempting to be the best at everything.
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From the Author

   I wanted to write this story for over twenty-five years, but in the last four years I finally had the time.  Perhaps it is best that I waited so long, because after teaching and directing youth theatre plays for over thirty-eight years I now have a plethora of experiences  from which to draw upon for the story.  This is my first book for middle school students, but I plan to write several more upon the subject of theatre and middle graders "coming of age" issues. 
I hope that you enjoy it. 
When you read Bumbling Bea, please leave a review.  I appreciate all comments and opinions because essentially you, my readers, become the editors of the next book.

Product details

  • File Size: 1581 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Deborah Baldwin; 1 edition (June 25, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 25, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LB6F0TI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,234 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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