- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 880L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (April 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1623708079
- ISBN-13: 978-1623708078
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,230,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Stage a Catastrophe (Capstone Young Readers) Hardcover – April 1, 2017
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About the Author
Rebecca Donnelly was born in England, where she got to stand in the rain and wave at the Queen once, and at seven moved to California, where they don't do things like that. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University. Rebecca runs a small rural library in upstate New York and has written for School Library Journal and The Horn Book. This is her debut middle-grade novel.
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Top customer reviews
I sometimes found it hard to follow, since the scene directions tended to merge with the dialogue itself, although it is possible it was a typographical issue in my copy from Net-Galley. However, overcoming that was the warmth of the individuals, the craziness of the situation, and the inventiveness of the participants. The obsession of Sid’s friend Folly with the most wonderful caricature of a high-hitting sales-training guru, which was absolutely spot-on, gave me even more giggles since I was exposed to their trickery in the 1990s. So true!
The idea that the kids can rally round and get into all sorts of scrapes while trying to raise money to save their children’s theater is something that will resonate with most young readers. It’s the first middle-grade novel of Rebecca Connelly, and it’s a tour de force. I hope her originality keeps flowing. More please!
I think it was really creative that the author used acts and scenes instead of chapters and sections. The reasons why it was not five stars is because the name of the theater, The Juicebox, kind of threw me off as something to call one's life. The other is because I've never really liked theater as much as Sidney, but it is easy to relate to his feelings at any time in the book. Ages 9-12 who think strongly for a hobby or place will enjoy this book.
Review by Madeleine L, age 11, Nebraska and Western Iowa Mensa