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Children's LiteratureDustin wants to be an actor when he grows up. He gets his chance when the school principal allows the first play of the decade to be performed by Dustin's sixth grade class. With their teacher as the director and Dustin as assistant director, nothing can go wrong. Or can it? On the premiere day, one actor freezes onstage. Then disaster strikes when the stage props fall apart and the school's piano is broken. The principal blames Dustin and wants retribution in form of payment for piano repair. Dustin's hero, Jeremy Jason Wilder, is suddenly enrolled in the school in April after his television show is cancelled. Dustin fears he will not be the sixth grade comic anymore, but Jeremy seems like a nice guy. Lying to his friend Wallace, Dustin invites Jeremy to his grandmother's birthday party. But Dustin does not have as much fun as he thought he would, and Wallace refuses to speak to him anymore. Posters are planted everywhere, featuring Jeremy as the play's newest addition, so the play is back in production. Jeremy steals Dustin's part as court jester. Dustin discovers some very interesting facts about the school's newest addition when the principal accosts Dustin and accuses him of stealing the school's money box. The author includes hilarious characters, such as Dustin's grandmother, and surprises his readers with the talents of Dustin's skinny neighbor, LMNOP. Mr. Bonk was formerly a singer, musical comedian, and tap dancer. This is his debut novel. 2005, Little Brown and Company, Ages 10 to 14.