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Miranda Goes to Hollywood
     

Miranda Goes to Hollywood

by Jane Kendall, Jane Kendall, Diana Kendall, Kendall
 

Miranda Gaines, the irrepressible heroine of Miranda and the Movies, and her aunt Lucy head west from New Jersey to Hollywood, where they join their friends in The American Moving Picture Company. Miranda experiences the boomtown excitement of 1915 Hollywood, signing on with the young independent film company. The seat-of-the-pants entrepreneurship of

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Miranda Gaines, the irrepressible heroine of Miranda and the Movies, and her aunt Lucy head west from New Jersey to Hollywood, where they join their friends in The American Moving Picture Company. Miranda experiences the boomtown excitement of 1915 Hollywood, signing on with the young independent film company. The seat-of-the-pants entrepreneurship of America’s original filmmakers—their ongoing struggles and remarkable achievements—is vividly captured through the eyes of a spunky girl who’s eager for the cameras to roll.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8Miranda, an orphan; her moody friend, 16-year-old vaudeville veteran Bobby Gilmer; and the other members of The American Moving Picture Company were introduced in Miranda and the Movies (Crown, 1989) while they were making a film in New Jersey, but this companion book stands on its own. Here, the 12-year-old romps through the emerging world of silent filmmaking in 1915. Invited by director C.J. Tourneur to Hollywood to work again as an actress, Miranda and her aunt travel across the country by train, but discover when they arrive that the companys finances are not as advertised. Aunt Lucy agrees to set up housekeeping and support them with her sewing and piano teaching for a years trial while Miranda and Bobby find work in various companies. Sometimes their experiences read too much like a history of the early movie world; swept up into a scene by the Keystone Cops the morning after Mirandas arrival, they play bit parts in black-and-white westerns, attend the opening of Griffiths Birth of a Nation, and work as extras in his Intolerance, before C.J. gets backing to make another film of his own and takes the entire cast of characters to film on location in a Nevada ghost town. The light touch and fast pace of their adventures, however, should appeal to starstruck readers.Kathleen Isaacs, Edmund Burke School, Washington, DC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this sequel to Miranda and the Movies (1989), Miranda Gaines and her Aunt Lucy travel by train to Hollywood to join up with and Bobby, streetwise orphaned young actor who is Miranda's best friend, and C.J., the charming if rascally director of silent movies in which Miranda hopes to act. Upon arrival, Lucy sorts out C.J.'s disastrous financial mess while Miranda and Bobby star in a series of low-budget westerns, and get bit parts in epochal movies such as D.W. Griffith's Intolerance. Headstrong young heroine! Charming rogue! Plucky orphan! With its careening plot, overblown descriptive passages, and larger-than-life characters, this novel is similar to the overlong melodramas Miranda finds under production in Hollywood. But if much of the humor is over the heads of the target audience, and if too much movie jargon remains oblique, this broad, entertaining period piece carries readers along with its sheer good spirits and provides them with a vivid glimpse of an unfamiliar era. (Fiction. 10-12) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152020590
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/26/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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