Lights, Camera, Disaster
Grades 6 & up
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Notes from an Accidental Band Geek
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Hester (Hess) really wants to take part in the "Hoot" at the end of her eighth-grade year; she's planning to enter her own movie, and she has lots of ideas about how to make it great. But there's a rule that you have to be passing all your classes to participate, and Hess struggles a lot to complete all her assignments, pay attention in class, and do well on tests. Sometimes it feels like every time she turns around, she's disappointing someone.
This is an important book for people (particularly teachers and parents, but also peers) to help understand what it can be like for students who struggle to organize materials and time. The middle school voices and concerns are realistic, and parts of the book are formatted like a movie script, in keeping with the protagonist's interest. My favorite part about this book is that, while it's frustrating to watch her making bad choices, you never forget that she has talents and interests, and you can see how easy it is for other people to ignore that part of her.
"The words land in my heart like knives hitting a target.
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