Comedy Girl

Comedy Girl

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by Ellen Schreiber

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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 again—this time at the local comedy club,

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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 again—this 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 boyfriend—her 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Trixie Shapiro fantasizes about being a stand-up comic, but she is shy (for her drama class final, a performance in front of the whole school, she blanks and only manages one joke). During her senior year, she begins building confidence-and polishing her skills-performing at a local comedy club. There, she also attracts the attention of crush Gavin Baldwin, who has "coolness oozing like steam from a sizzling fajita"; as her fame grows, so does her popularity. At times, the story line stretches credibility: Trixie's opportunity to perform in Las Vegas with one of her heroes seems a bit far-fetched, and another plot point about her best friend's sudden obsession with popularity goes nowhere. But Schreiber's (Teenage Mermaid) portrayal of Trixie's funny personality comes through with an authentic comedic flare, and her struggles feel realistic. Not only is she wiped out from her late-night performing, but her mother wants her to focus on school and college, and Gavin asks her to choose between him and comedy ("The relationship was about you worshipping Gavin. Now Gavin has to worship you," her best friend tells her). Overall, Trixie will keep her audience amused, even as she teaches something about the cost-and rewards-of pursuing a dream. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Trixie Shapiro dreams of being a comedian. She practices stand-up comedy in her room with her stuffed animal audience. One day, Eddie, who Trixie dates, introduces her to his brother. Ben works at the local comedy club, Chaplin. He invites Trixie to watch the shows. Soon, Trixie is spending all her time at the comedy club. Before she knows it, she's a contestant in the Amateur Comedy Club Contest. Trixie is a success. She's on her way to making her dreams come true. However, Trixie is also dating Gavin, who just wants to be a regular senior boy and go to prom. Trixie must choose either her comedy routine or Gavin. She chooses comedy. Happily, Trixie reunites with Gavin after a year on the road doing stand-up comedy. Schreiber's story is witty and fresh; her character's voice leaps off the page from the beginning. Readers will love Trixie's humor. The book is a page-turner from page one. 2004, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, Ages 12 to 15.
—Mindy Hardwick
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Trixie Shapiro is a funny but shy Chicago teen who secretly longs to do stand-up comedy. Through a series of fortuitous events, she gets a shot at stardom. She also fulfills a dream of dating her longtime crush, Gavin Baldwin. But two dreams may be too much to carry. Trixie must choose to follow her ambition or follow her heart. Comedy Girl is by turns funny, romantic, serious, realistic, and fanciful. However, the plot has very little forward momentum and readers don't learn of the inner lives of any of the characters except Trixie. The worlds of comedy clubs and show business are romanticized and more than a little sanitized, but, if not totally believable, this is just the sort of light, bubbly coming-of-age novel that may appeal to young teens. Libraries with tight budgets may want to wait for the paperback.-Amy Patrick, New York Public Library Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Product dimensions:
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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