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ACT 1
by Andrew Keenan-bolger and Kate Wetherhead


Overview - A show-stopping series about life in the spotlight from Broadway actors and internet sensations Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead

Twelve-year-old Jack Goodrich was a Broadway star, with two shows under his belt and a third in rehearsals.  Read more...


 
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Overview
A show-stopping series about life in the spotlight from Broadway actors and internet sensations Andrew Keenan-Bolger and Kate Wetherhead

Twelve-year-old Jack Goodrich was a Broadway star, with two shows under his belt and a third in rehearsals. But when his voice suddenly changes, Jack and his parents leave the spotlight and move far from New York City to Shaker Heights, Ohio. While Jack hopes to leave his Broadway past behind, his new neighbor refuses to let him off the hook. Louisa is a self-proclaimed "musical theater nerd" and can hardly believe when an actor moves to town. What's more, the local theater has announced auditions for her favorite show, Into the Woods. As the audition date looms nearer, the two are faced with difficult choices. Should Jack risk humiliation and return to the stage? Will Louisa have confidence to go it alone? And can friendship survive all those complicated octave leaps?

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780448478395
  • ISBN-10: 0448478390
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 240
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-12
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds

Series: Jack & Louisa

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Performing Arts - Theater
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Performing Arts - Music

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-11-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Jack Goodrich was a child actor in Broadway musicals, but his voice changed just after he landed his first lead, and he lost the role. Jack’s parents subsequently whisk the family to Cleveland for his father’s new job; they move in down the street from Louisa Benning, a musically talented seventh-grader and fellow MTN (Musical Theater Nerd), who can’t believe her luck that the new boy on the block was on Broadway. Jack and Lou get off to a rough start, but their friendship blossoms after they get roles in a community production of Into the Woods. First-time authors Keenan-Bolger and Wetherhead show that they know their way around a musical (both are Broadway veterans). Writing in the two characters’ alternating viewpoints, they trace Jack’s gradual acceptance of his new circumstances while tackling boys-in-musicals stereotypes (when a bullying classmate derides Jack’s Broadway background as “so gay,” their peers instantly shut the bully down). While the story charts a predictable course, this is nevertheless a sweet series opener, packed with theatrical references and minutia, sure to please any young MTN. Ages 8–12. Agency: Gersh Agency. (Feb.)

 
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