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In the Cards: Fame Hardcover – January 8, 2008

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Book 2 of 3 in the In the Cards Series

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Grade 5–8—In this sequel to In the Cards: Love (S & S, 2007), 13-year-old Eve wants to become a star but everything seems to be working against her. The director of the school musical does not like her, and her dad thinks she should concentrate on bringing up her grades. But when the tarot cards reveal that Cabaret could be her first step to stardom, and when she finds out that a famous director may be in the audience, she decides to try out. She gets a part—not the leading role she wanted—but decides to stick with it and in doing so has to deal with the gossip, the meanness, and the jealousy of other cast members. With an unexpected conclusion and a lot of fun and intrigue, this story has it all—friendship, falling "in love," mischief, mayhem, humor, and a lot of growing up. The characters are fairly well developed and the plot moves along effortlessly. Readers do not have to be familiar with the first book to enjoy this one.—Janet Hilbun, Texas Woman's University, Denton
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About the Author

Mariah Fredericks is the author of the bestselling novel The True Meaning of Cleavage, which Meg Cabot called "Laugh-out-loud funny and way twisted!" She is also the author of Head Games, Crunch Time, and two previous books in the In the Cards series, Love and Fame.

Mariah accepts that cats are her superior in every way and would never dream of insulting one by trying to own it. However, she has been reading tarot cards since she was a teenager, and while she knows that it is lame to believe in fortune-telling, her readings keep coming true, so she keeps doing them. She has even written a tarot guide called The Smart Girl's Guide to Tarot.

She lives with her husband, son, and basset hound in Jackson Heights, New York. Visit her online at www.mariahfredericks.com or www.myspace.com/mariahfredericks.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: In the Cards (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689876564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689876561
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,962,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eve wants to be famous. She wants to be seen and heard, not just by adoring fans, but also by her parents. She also really wants the lead role in her middle school production of Cabaret. When she doesn't get the part, she learns a lesson or two in humility.

When she's on stage, Eve can shine, lose track of time, and be someone else. But how can she do that if she's not the star? With a cast varied in talent and attitude - a shy leading lady whose performance has to be coaxed out of her, a snotty girl who has her eye on the lead, an overweight class clown, a jock, and many more players, including Eve's best friends helping out behind the scenes as stage manager and pianist, and Eve doubting her own abilities and importance in what she thinks is a small part - rehearsals can be difficult, to say the least.

Mariah Fredericks has written an entertaining, enjoyable book with a realistic protagonist. Eve can be confident and self-assured one moment only to pull back the next. She is easily distracted from her studies and would rather be on stage than sitting at her desk. She makes both good and bad choices and has to deal with what she's done, for better or for worse. She's not a perfect student, and she's not a perfect performer. She is selfish at times, and her stubborn streak is a mile wide. She may have to get her ego in check sometimes, but she's never conceited. Like Mr. Courtney, the play's director, Fredericks pushes her protagonist and lets her yell, scream, cry, get mad, get upset, and get embarrassed. The fights that Eve has with her parents will ring (true) in readers' ears, especially adult who have been on both sides of that battle as both the parent and the kid.

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"I want big-time, bright-lights, major, mondo success. I want to be one of those people you see at awards shows, the ones who win so many Grammys and Moonmen and nobody's even jealous because it's obvious they were so much better...I reach for the cards..." - From the book

The second book from the In the Cards series--Fame--deals with Eve Baylor's burning desire to become famous. Although she partly wants to consult the Tarot cards Mrs. Rosemont left to her friend Anna, Eve feels apprehensive about inquiring about future fame. What if the cards tell her she'll always be a loser...a nobody? What if she misinterprets the cards and sabotages her destiny of stardom?

When Mr. Courtney, the theater teacher at her school, decides to put on a production of Cabaret, Eve has mixed feelings. But when she finds out that Peter McElroy, the famous judge of the hit show You Suck! and father of her classmate Francesca will be there, Eve anxiously wonders if this is her chance to make it big.

Dealing with the topics of ambition, cliques, peer pressure, self worth, family dynamics and bigotry, In the Cards: Fame takes readers on a journey fraught with pre-teen angst, self-doubt, jealousy, anger and embarrassment.

Many characters from In the Cards: Love play a part in this second installment, with two of them vying for Anna's affection! Syd, who goes to different school from Anna and Eve, is corralled in the Cabaret production. Tempers flare when egos get out of control and someone has had enough of the pettiness and cruelty during rehearsals.

Eve eventually does a Tarot reading to see if she'll become famous, and the subsequent chapters are heralded by one card from the spread (a Tarot layout).
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