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Speechless in New York

Speechless in New York

by Ellen Dreyer, Catherine Huerta
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In the first title, Eliza makes a journey of self-discovery during her adventures in Australia. Hauled "down under" against her will as a result of her mother's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to report on the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, she is determined to be miserable. However, making friends with the cute boy next door and delving into local mermaid lore quickly distract her. The teen's homesickness and unhappiness ebb as she envisions a future in this ocean-side community. In New York, a mildly entertaining tale of "finding one's voice," 14-year-old Jessie flies with the Prairie Youth Chorale from Minnesota to New York to sing at Lincoln Center. While the others are enjoying the sights and sounds of the city, she is busy worrying. Her luggage is missing; her friend Mike is acting strangely; and she is suffering from a rotten, performance-threatening cold. To top it all off, Kendra, the gifted and incredibly annoying diva of the group, is giving her a hard time. Despite the limited character development and thin, predictable plots, these books may find an audience with readers who enjoy short, formulaic series. They have just enough adventure and romance to be palatable, and they include interesting facts and descriptions of the featured cities. Maps and annotated guides to points of interest, complete with hours of operation and Web addresses, are appended.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Ansell
Lost luggage in New York. the Summer Olympics in Sydney. an eccentric Washington, D.C. landlady with a flying car. a mysterious pen pal in London. With four titles, the new "Going To" series offers readers aged nine to thirteen travel, mystery, adventure and hints of romance. A plane ride from Edina, Minnesota, to Manhattan takes seventh grader Jessie Witt to a new and exciting world. Jessie views the weeklong trip to New York with the Prairie Youth Chorale as such an opportunity that she is determined not to let either lost luggage or a lost singing voice dampen her enthusiasm. At times Jessie wonders if she can keep her promise when a nagging cough that develops into a painful sore throat and friction with other chorale members combine to make her feel miserable.
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.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893577091
Publisher:
Four Corners Publishing
Publication date:
02/19/2003
Series:
Going to Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
129
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Ellen Dreyer is the author of numerous books. She is also a professional children’s book editor.

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