The Talent Show
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The Talent Show

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by Dan Gutman
     
 

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Tornado or no tornado, the talent show must go on! This is a funny, action-packed adventure from Dan Gutman.

What’s your talent?
The kids of Cape Bluff, Kansas, had no idea there were so many aspiring stars among them until a tornado ripped through their town. That’s when they decided to have a talent show to raise money to rebuild.

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Tornado or no tornado, the talent show must go on! This is a funny, action-packed adventure from Dan Gutman.

What’s your talent?
The kids of Cape Bluff, Kansas, had no idea there were so many aspiring stars among them until a tornado ripped through their town. That’s when they decided to have a talent show to raise money to rebuild. Now everyone is showing what they are made of: the good, the bad, and the bizarre. But the kids have to prove that their talent is worth the cost of admission if they’re going to make enough to save the town!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Located in the middle of Tornado Alley, Cape Bluff, KS, is destroyed by a twister. The principal of the elementary school suggests a talent show to raise money for rebuilding the town and the citizens' spirits. The idea is embraced, and soon most of the students have signed up, regardless of whether or not they have talent. Singer Elke Villa is favored to win, but on the night of the show, she gets caught in yet another tornado. Even without the star, the show goes on, which causes another star to emerge from the shadows and become the least-expected winner. The Talent Show opens with the destructive tornado. Gutman effectively paces the rest of the book by giving readers short glimpses into the drama of preparing for the talent show, and he develops characters in a way that keeps readers guessing until the end. The children are believable and representative of most kids their age. This feel-good book includes a balance of humor and suspense. It proves that people can rally around a good cause, and that the underdog can still have a chance at success.—Rebecca Webster, Warren County Middle School, Front Royal, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416990031
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
05/18/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,199,515
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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When the Tornado Hit …

  • Paul Crichton, a fifth grader at Cape Bluff Elementary School in Cape Bluff, Kansas, was alone in his basement with his Fender Stratocaster guitar, trying to master the intro to “Stairway to Heaven.”
  • Julia Maguire, a Cape Bluff fourth grader, was on pointe at The Fontaneau Ballet Studio, rehearsing her relevés and tour jetés for the grand allegro in Giselle.
  • Elke Villa, a sixth grader, was in the shower, belting out “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 disco anthem, into a loofah that she was pretending was a microphone.
  • Richard Ackoon, a third-grade aspiring rap star, was sitting on his back porch, paging through his rhyming dictionary, and trying to find a word that rhymed with “humiliate.” He looked up and saw his father in the distance, working in the fields on his small farm.
  • Don Potash, sixth grader, was listening through headphones while watching a stand-up comedy DVD, Jerry Seinfeld: I’m Telling You for the Last Time.
  • Lucille Rettino, the fifty-five-year-old mayor of Cape Bluff, was being photographed with the members of the Cape Bluff Garden Club at their annual fund-raiser.
  • Jon Anderson, the principal of Cape Bluff Elementary School, was at a desk in his office doing paperwork and sipping coffee.
  • Justin Chanda, a multimillion-selling pop star who grew up in Cape Bluff, was a thousand miles away at a recording studio in Los Angeles, overdubbing vocals for his next album, Back to Kansas.
  • “Honest Dave” Gale was on the lot of his car dealership, Honest Dave’s Hummer Heaven, trying to talk a reluctant customer into buying a Hummer H3T pickup.
  • Mary Marotta, a stay-at-home mom and proud member of the PTA, was watching Oprah while making peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff sandwiches for her two young children, who had just come home from school.

But everybody in Cape Bluff, Kansas, stopped what they were doing when the tornado alarm sounded.

© 2010 Dan Gutman

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Meet the Author

Dan Gutman hated to read when he was a kid. Then he grew up. Now he writes cool books like The Homework Machine, The Return of the Homework Machine, The Christmas Genie, and Nightmare at the Book Fair. Visit him at DanGutman.com.

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