Stage Fright (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls Series #4)

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Mrs. Hunter's fourth grade class is putting on a play! But Allie's theatrical hopes are crushed when her nemesis Cheyenne gets the part of the princess - the part that Allie wanted! Allie is cast as the wicked witch. But as opening night approaches, Allie learns it's not the size of the part, it's the size of the heart that really matters.

Praise for Allie Finkle and Meg Cabot:

"In Cabot's first foray into novels for kids who are still in single digits, her trademark frank humor...

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Overview

Mrs. Hunter's fourth grade class is putting on a play! But Allie's theatrical hopes are crushed when her nemesis Cheyenne gets the part of the princess - the part that Allie wanted! Allie is cast as the wicked witch. But as opening night approaches, Allie learns it's not the size of the part, it's the size of the heart that really matters.

Praise for Allie Finkle and Meg Cabot:

"In Cabot's first foray into novels for kids who are still in single digits, her trademark frank humor makes for compulsive reading -- as always." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Meg Cabot is chick-lit royalty." -- Newsweek

"Meg Cabot...crowns another winning heroine." -- Family Fun Magazine

"Allie Finkle, a credible, intelligent, funny nine-year-old heroine whom readers and parents alike can embrace." -- Shelf Awareness

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
In the fourth book of this popular series, Allie Finkel dreams of being a princess in the school play. She rehearses, memorizes lines, and does a wonderful job at the audition. Unfortunately, Cheyenne, the snobbiest girl in fourth grade, is determined to be the princess. When Sophie wins the role of the princess, Cheyenne is horrified and decides not to put any effort into the play. Meanwhile, Allie struggles to be the evil fairy queen. She quickly discovers that playing a villain is incredibly fun and more interesting than wearing glass slippers. At the dress rehearsal, Allie plays her part perfectly, drawing laughs from the kindergarten class that watches. To Allie's shock, Sophie blames Allie for stealing the show. Could things get any worse for Allie? Allie worries that all her friends will hate her, but there is a larger problem on the horizon when it looks like Sophie will have to drop out of the show. Suddenly the entire play is about to fold, and Allie realizes she has to take action. Can Allie save the show, or will the play be cancelled? In this humorous story, Allie Finkel emerges as a compelling and likable heroine; it is another hit for Meg Cabot. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Allie Finkle is back again and this time her challenge is winning the lead in her elementary school class play, Princess Penelope in the Realm of Recycling. Unfortunately, several other girls in the class want to play the lead, including Allie's best friend Sophie (who really does look like a princess) and a supremely self-centered girl who is sure she will get the role. Allie secretly practices to audition for Princess Penelope and is very disappointed when she gets the role of the Evil Queen, but at least Sophie will be the princess. While dealing with the complexities of friendship and putting on a play, Allie is basking in the fact that her mother is practically a celebrity because she is the new movie reviewer for a popular local cable show. Allie eventually decides to make the most of her role and realizes that she can win over an audience with comedy. Tara Sands narrates Meg Cabot's novel (Scholastic, 2009), giving the characters distinct voices that reflect their personalities. Fans of the series will love this episode.—Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545039512
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Allie Finkle's Rules For Girls Series , #4
  • Format: CD
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


MEG CABOT'S many series and books for adults, teens, and tweens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers and have sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than thirty-eight countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mediator, Airhead, Insatiable, and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series, as well as the award-winning novels All-American Girl and Avalon High. Meg lives in Key West with her husband and two cats. Visit Meg online at www.megcabot.com.

Biography

Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's Princess Diaries series offers up the secret thoughts of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This revelation adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, school, and other matters falling under adolescent scrutiny.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. She has also tiptoed into mystery and paranormal suspense with other YA novels and series installments.

Cabot continues to write adult novels under various permutations of her given name (Meggin Patricia Cabot): from 19th-century historical romances to contemporary chick lit. And, as with her books for teens, these romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Cabot:

"I am left handed."

"I hate tomatoes of any kind."

"I really wanted to be veterinarian, but I got a 410 on my math SATs."

"Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby -- except watching TV and laying around the pool reading US Weekly. I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken. So I guess I'm stuck with no hobby.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Meggin Patricia Cabot (full name); Patricia Cabot, Jenny Caroll
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best book ever! Especially for girls!

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    Luv these series!!!

    These r great series books!!!!!!!! I reccomend them very strongly!!!!!!!!!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ!

    I have commented on Meg Cabot's first Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls book. It was one of the best. But I have read all of these books. This one I got for Christmas this year, and by far I think it is the best! It has so many good characters! I hope you find my comment helpful!

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    BUY

    VERY good buy it!!!!! I recomend it for grades 3 -6

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    great book

    Meg Cabot's writing of this book was amazing! I strongly recomend this book for young readers.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is awesome!!!!!!!!
    I would recommend it to 3rd & 4th graders.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    (:

    Love the rest of the books.... Cant wait to read this onee!!( :

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    Exquisite

    Meg cabot has an excellent writing strength. Thi book is truly worth four dollars and fifty cents. Well done Cabot!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    pretty good and worth the $4

    this book is very good. im in 6th grade and i really like it:)

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Please read

    This book and all the books in the series are SO awesome! I would totally recomend these to anyone! Allie is a tomboy, but also can get girly-girlish. It is very modern, which i like. It is worth every penny! Thank you for your time. Happy Reading!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Best book ever

    This is the best book ive ever read. I love the allie finkle series and i suggest you read rhem. I would regret not reading them

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Amazing book everybody (all girls) should read this.

    It was one of the best books i have ever read. P.S. dont listen to the person below me.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    LOVE IT

    enuf said

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

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    Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka "Mickey" for TeensReadToo.com

    Allie Finkle's fourth grade class is putting on a play and Allie really, really wants the part of the main character, Princess Penelope. The only problem is that so does almost every other girl in her class, including one of her best friends, Sophie, and snobby Cheyenne.

    Allie's not worried, though. With help from her ex-theater major Uncle Jay and her mom's new "Celebrity" job as a movie critic on a local cable show, she's sure to get the part.

    But if she does get the part, will Sophie still be her best friend? How will she ever practice her lines with her two little brothers playing tackle football in the hallway all the time? Most importantly, can Allie figure all this out without breaking any of her rules?

    STAGE FRIGHT, like all Meg Cabot's books, was very funny and a lot of fun. Young girls will relate to Allie's friendship (and enemy) troubles and excitement. Allie and everyone in her world are sweet, and Allie always finds a way to make any situation fun.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Good good good

    Omg its spectacular dont listen to other people and request me as a friend

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Awesome book

    This is one of the best books in the series love it!!!!! Sophie was a little bratty though but i still love it

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Good book

    This was a really good book and I think you should read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    Allie Finkle rules for girls stage fright reveiw for nook color

    This book is very good although no one ever gets "stage fright" in this book.Allie's 4th grade class (room 209) is puttimg on a play about recycling when Mrs.Hunter tells them about it all the girls in room 209 want to play the lead of princess Penolope.So does Allie but then as she and her friends go out to recess all of her friends talk about how their good friend Sophie would be perfect for the part.Allie feels kid of like "hello people what about me I'd be perfect for the part sure I'm not as pretty as Sopie but so what I can act?!"Who willget the part who will it be Sophie ,Allie,or the horrible bratty Chenny ( not sure if I spelled that right) read Allie Finkle rules for girls stage fright (I recomend for all ages 6-13)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Stage Fright

    I just loved this book. This is my favorite series and Stage Fright is a great book. You should buy it and if you need to convince your parents make them read my review! This is an awesome book that you will want to read forever. When I'm 102 I want to get buried with Best Friends And Drama Queens the book before this. Please buy your children this, you won't regret buying this amazing read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Good but...

    All the mean girls are totally unrealistic.I mean,have you ever met semeone like whats-her-name?

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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