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Children's LiteratureAttending Camp Waverly for the Dramatic Arts could be just the break Annabel needed to be discovered and begin her true acting career. After all, the teachers were real actors and they would be presenting a professional production at the end of the summer. She was disappointed that she did not get a big part, but her lesser role gave her the opportunity to do what she did best: SCREAM. Children of the Doomed was a great horror story and bloodcurdling screams were important. On the night of the performance, Annabel had screamed her loudest and rescued the key from the evil Dr. Menniss who then let out a shriek that wasn't in the script. The camp garden snake was crawling up his leg. Thinking quickly, Annabel grabbed the snake, improvised an appropriate line, and exited the stage. The play went on and Annabel was a hero. Well defined characters and a fast moving plot will hold the interest of young readers. 2004, Simon and Schuster, Ages 6 to 8.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.