Speechless in New Yorkby Ellen Dreyer, Catherine Huerta
When Jessie Witt comes to New York with the Prairie Youth Chorale, she expects to have a glorious time singing and sightseeing. A few nightmares get in the way, like missing luggage, a stuck-up soprano, and a sore throat that won't quit. Find out what Jessie does to get to the best of New York. Jessie gives the scoop on all her favorite places in a special map and
When Jessie Witt comes to New York with the Prairie Youth Chorale, she expects to have a glorious time singing and sightseeing. A few nightmares get in the way, like missing luggage, a stuck-up soprano, and a sore throat that won't quit. Find out what Jessie does to get to the best of New York. Jessie gives the scoop on all her favorite places in a special map and guide to New York.
By using Jessie's sightseeing forays, Dreyer skillfully weaves the sights of New York into the story without becoming didactic. Jessie's visits with her New York relatives provide another view of life in the city thus giving both Jessie and the reader a different perspective on the area. With the chorale, Jessie enjoys the tourist attractions for which the city is well known whilecontending with the social interactions and distractions typical of a group of young teens. By the time the chorale is scheduled to perform, Jessie has found both her luggage and her voice, some understanding for the chorale's talented, but annoying lead soprano and the promise of a special friendship.
Each book in the Going To series concludes with maps of the city and the characters' descriptions of the sights whose locations are numbered on the maps. Web sites at which the reader can access additional information are also provided. Other books in the series introduce Great Britain via a family trip described in The Bridges in London by Michele Sobel Spirn. Eliza Down Under by Virginia Bernard takes Eliza, her widowed mother and the reader to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Me, Minerva, and the Flying Car by E.R. Emmer is set in Washington, D.C., where miserable Talia is forced to move when her parents open a natural foods store in the city. Although the protagonist in each book is female, a secondary male character is actively involved in events.
The publisher plans to add more books to the series each season with two additional titles scheduled for release in August. Dreyer departs from the genre of her previous titles with this work as she travels into youth fiction with a fast-paced adventure and credible characters that will be right in tune with today's youth.
Meet the Author
Ellen Dreyer is the author of numerous books. She is also a professional children’s book editor.
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