The Talent Show

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When their town gets destroyed by a tornado, everyone is pretty depressed. So in order to cheer everyone up and raise some money, the community decides to put on a talent show. Unfortunately, no one in town is particularly talented. But that doesn’t stop everyone from giving it their all! Especially the one star in town. She just might have what it takes—if she can get to the show on time. When another tornado hits, the kids make every effort to put the show on, but there may be...

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Overview

When their town gets destroyed by a tornado, everyone is pretty depressed. So in order to cheer everyone up and raise some money, the community decides to put on a talent show. Unfortunately, no one in town is particularly talented. But that doesn’t stop everyone from giving it their all! Especially the one star in town. She just might have what it takes—if she can get to the show on time. When another tornado hits, the kids make every effort to put the show on, but there may be more surprises in store!

Dan Gutman delivers another hilarious tale about school adventures!

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Editorial Reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416990031
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman

Dan Gutman hated to read when he was a kid, then he grew up. Now he writes cool books like The Kid Who Ran for President, Honus & Me, The Million Dollar Shot, Race for the Sky, and The Edison Mystery: Qwerty Stevens, Back in Time. If you want to learn more about Dan or his books, stop by his Web site: www.dangutman.com.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Awesome book

    This is soo good its better than any other book ever i need this book because Nadia just lend me this

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Put on a show. This book does it.

    Very good. Touched my heart beacause i live in oklahoma. Right in the middle of tornado. Anyway would reccomed this book to anyone. You should read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    HATE TALENT SHOW!!!!!

    A boring book that makes homework sound fun! dont waste your time on this book that makes you want to sleep. I HATE this stupid idiotic book.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    omg

    sooooooo coool

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 14, 2011

    ok

    i do love this book but its not my favorite. it is also a bit confusing for me though. but, i think people would like it.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Hgg

    How many pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Rose

    What about me?
    A girl walks in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Percy

    You have my vote Sam!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Sam

    Hello everyone. Im samantha. I will be singing ready or not by bridget mendler. Please vote for me and i hope you like it. * she takes her guitar out on stage. She sits down in a chair and starts playing. " hey hey hey hey, hey hey heyhey, oooooooo, im the kind of girl. Who doesnt say a word. Who sits on the curb. And waits for the world. But im about to break out. About to break out. Yeah im like crook tonight..... i caught you staring at me. And i was thinking clearly. Now im like a bee. And im hunting for the honey. And im kind of shy but, you super fly yeah. I could be your kryptonite. Like. Oh oh oh oh oh oh. Light my heart up baby like a matchstick. Oh oh oh oh oh oh. And hit the gas quick...... ready or not, here i come. Where you at ? The night is young. In the crowd the musics loud but i will find you.... ready or not. Here i come. I like your face do you like my song. Singingm lalalalalalala. I will find you. Ready or not. Ready or not....... hello my name is, nice to meet you. I think your famous where have i met you. Youll be my william ill be your kate. Living like a fairy tale..... we could have a palace right next to oprah. 37 cars and a yacht down in boca. Take me away. Where ever you say. Yeah we could be stting sail..... like oh oh oh oh oh oh. Light my heart up baby like a matxhstick. Ohohohohohoh. And hit the gas quick........ ready or not here i come. Where you at? The night is young. In the crowd the musics loud but i will find you....... ready or not here i come. I like your face do you like my song. Just sing it. Lalalalalalalala. And ill find you. Ready or not. Ready or not..... ready or not here ie come here i come. Your like a breath of fresh air in my lungs. You and me dance from the night to the dawn. Ready or not. Here i come. Boy its on...... ready or not. Here i come. Your like a breath of fresh air in my lungs. You and me dance from the night to the dawn. Ready or not here i come boy its on....... ready or not. Here i come. Where you at? The night is young. In the crowd the musics louf but i will find you. Ready or not here i come. I like your face do you like my song. Just sing it. Lalalalalalala. And ill find you. Ready or not. Ready or not. ( your like a breath of fresh air in my lungs) ready or not. (Oooooooh) ready or not. ( ready or not whoa) ready or not. ( ready or not. Ready or not. Or not.or not not.) Ready or not."* thank you. Remember this is sam and i really hope you vote for me. Maybe you could watch the video online to see if i got the lyrics right. Thank you. Bye. : )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Great work!

    My son is in second grade and he reads this book EVERY night!
    Honestly, I think this is one of the best stories Gutman has wrote since the '90s.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Good

    Best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    I am reading this book and it rocks

    This book is greag:)

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Cool

    Best everr

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    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    wowwwww

    i cant belive this was a book it felt like i was really there

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