Terrible Terrel (Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series)

Terrible Terrel (Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series)

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by Whoopi Goldberg, Maryn Roos
     
 

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TAGLINE: Sugar Plum sisters vs. Tiara girl -- Round one!

Terrel is always in charge, whether she's making lists for grocery shopping (her favorite hobby, AFTER ballet), keeping her brothers in line, or organizing father-daughter time in with her dad. Lately, though, her dad's been acting a little strange--wearing new clothes and

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TAGLINE: Sugar Plum sisters vs. Tiara girl -- Round one!

Terrel is always in charge, whether she's making lists for grocery shopping (her favorite hobby, AFTER ballet), keeping her brothers in line, or organizing father-daughter time in with her dad. Lately, though, her dad's been acting a little strange--wearing new clothes and way too much aftershave. Things get even weirder when he surprises Terrel with his new girlfriend during a night out at the ballet - a night that was supposed to be father-daughter time. What's more, his "date" brought her niece along. A niece who turns out to be Terrel's ballerina nemesis, Tiara Girl! With some Sugar Plum help, Terrel takes charge of breaking up her father's new relationship.

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Children's Literature - Carly Reagan
Since her mother died, almost-9-year-old Terrel has kept her dad and brothers organized. When Terrel's dad begins dating the aunt of Terrel's arch enemy in dance class, Tiara Girl, Terrel begins to use her organizational skills to formulate a plan to break them up immediately. What she learns along the way is an important lesson: how to see things from the point of view of others. Every character, small or not, adult or child, is well developed and real, thoughts and emotions are well expressed, and situations are realistic and easy to relate to. In this fourth book of the "Sugar Plum Ballerina" series, Terrel's interest in ballet plays a larger role in developing who she is as a person than in the storyline itself, though it would still be a certain draw for the reader who loves dance. Terrel's voice is strong and likeable, and the message that comes across in the end, of how different a situation can seem from another point of view, is positive and mature, and puts faith in young readers to be able to do the same. Reviewer: Carly Reagan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786852635
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Series:
Sugar Plum Ballerinas Series
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
71,831
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 11.22(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Whoopi Goldberg is the author of the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books and of Whoopi's Big Book of Manners, illustrated by Olo. She has won a Tony, an Emmy, and Oscar, and a Grammy, as well as two Golden Globes. In 2001 she was awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Whoopi Goldberg has appeared in scores of films,and is a host on ABC's The View. Whoopi Goldberg lives in New York and Vermont.

Deborah Underwood's book credits include the three previous Sugar Plum Ballerinas books, as well as Pirate Mom and the forthcoming picture book Granny Gomez and Jigsaw, illustrated by Scott Magoon. Her ballet career was cut short by a tragic lack of talent, but she can sing a mean aria and knows four ukulele chords. She lives in Northern California with her cat, Sports Fan. Visit her online at www.DeborahUnderwoodBooks.com.

Maryn Roos was always better at drawing ballerinas than being one. Beyond ballerinas, she has drawn everything from monsters to dancing ducks in dozens of books and several educational software programs, most recently for Imagine Learning English. Maryn lives and draws, and very rarely dances, in Provo, Utah.

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