Comedy Girlby Ellen Schreiber
Trixie Shapiro may be one of the shyest students at Mason High, but she's also the funniest. When her best friend, Jazzy, signs her up to perform stand-up at Senior Talent Night, Trixie's terrified she'll absolutely choke. And as if a seemingly disastrous debut isn't enough, Trixie's drama teacher encourages her to try againthis time at the local comedy club,… See more details below
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Trixie Shapiro may be one of the shyest students at Mason High, but she's also the funniest. When her best friend, Jazzy, signs her up to perform stand-up at Senior Talent Night, Trixie's terrified she'll absolutely choke. And as if a seemingly disastrous debut isn't enough, Trixie's drama teacher encourages her to try againthis time at the local comedy club, Chaplin's.
To her surprise, Trixie's confidence begins to swell, and a surefire comedy act is born. Trixie finds herself on a fast track, winning contests and earning a job as the opening comic at the comedy club. It's a dream come true. Then Trixie lands a boyfriendher longtime crush, hipster Gavin Baldwin. Now caught between the increasing demands of two worlds, Trixie faces a difficult choice between a romantic, inviting path and a risky shot at comedic stardom.
Ellen Schreiber narrates an inspiring and entertaining story of a shy teen who, struggling to find her voice, discovers a shining place in the spotlight.
- HarperCollins Publishers
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- 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
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Comedy Girl MSR
Heeeere's ... Trixie!
"I loathe high school. I'm unbearably shy afraid to speak up in class. I'm not the class clown I'm the class mime!"
I smiled from ear to ear as the audience burst into laughter. I felt an enormous rush from the packed house. Though I was onstage alone, I found comfort in my best friends: a cordless microphone, a stool, and a glass of water.
Anything could happen in comedy. The audience might not laugh, they might heckle me, they might walk out. But despite those grim possibilites, I felt unbelievably euphoric and alive.
"It's great to be here in Chicago at Chaplin's, where I got my start. I go to a totally huge high school in the suburbs. It's so big, by the time I get to History class a new president is in office!"
I smiled as they laughed again. "My best friend, Jazzy, is a shopaholic. Always ready for the latest bargain. I walk through the school lunch line with a tray. She walks through with a grocery cart." After the laughter subsided, I continued: "She's the only student at Mason High who buys lunch with a credit card."
I took a sip of water and replaced the glass on the stool.
"I call my mom Sergeant because it's nicer than calling her Dictator. She keeps tabs on me wherever I go, like I was one of her third-grade students. While I was on the road doing comedy, she won the gold medal in the Olympics. She took first place in Women's Long Distance Calling!"
I kept my pace going. "My dad hasn't moved from the couch for years. While other fathers collect stamps, my father collects dust.
"I also have a drugged-out older brother, Sid. We used to wrestle andbox when we were little. Now the only hits he takes are from a bong.
"As for my love life, I'm hoping to marry my major crush Gavin Baldwin. I have something borrowed and something blue. I just need one more thing the groom!"
The audience laughed again. I felt an electric connection. I was in the one place in the world where I belonged.
"The weather in Chicago ," I continued.
"Trixie, it's time for supper!" my mother called.
I looked at my seventeen-year-old reflection, then reluctantly turned away from the mirror and my audience of adoring, wide-eyed stuffed animals lined in rows on my dresser. I switched off my tape-recorded laugh track, threw my round hairbrush microphone down on my white fluffy bedspread, and stepped out of my bedroom-back into reality.Comedy Girl MSR
. Copyright © by Ellen Schreiber. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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