Twelve-year-old Jack Goodrich was a Broadway star until a sudden voice change cost him his dream role. Read more...
Twelve-year-old Jack Goodrich was a Broadway star until a sudden voice change cost him his dream role. Now he lives with his parents in Shaker Heights, Ohio trying hard to leave his acting past behind. But his new neighbor, Louisa a self-proclaimed musical theater nerd won t stop until Jack auditions for a local production of "Into the Woods."
Fans of" "Tim Federle s Nate Foster books" "will rejoice to meet the newest MTN s (musical theater nerds) on the block: Jack & Lou.
"Funny, fabulous, and most of all true, Jack & Louisa are every theater kid's new best friends." - Tim Federle, author of "Better Nate Than Ever
"Theater fans will eat this up" - Kirkus Reviews"
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- 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.)