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Children's LiteratureMs. Tingle, third-grade teacher par excellence, is choosing the cast for her original holiday play, and Lucy Diaz is determined to be Snow White. Gordie, a shy and sensitive classmate of Lucy's, has previously established his less than stellar stage status in an earlier production by forgetting his lines and making a hasty exit. Big-mouthed Lucy constantly reminds Gordie that his acting debut ruined the play, and he had better not repeat the performance in this play. Gordie's best friend Lamont, always dropping a humorous quip, delights in deflating Lucy. While Gordie is stressed enough about which part he will get, how many lines he will have, and how he can avoid Lucy as often as possible, his nemesis delivers more disheartening news—Ms. Tingle is getting married. Gordie is crushed, and when Lucy hatches a plot to foil the wedding, she drafts the unwilling Gordie to carry out the leg work. As if to crown Gordie's life with misery, he is given the role of the Prince to Lucy's Snow White, which means, of course, that he will have to kiss Lucy awake from her poisoned sleep. Suspense, circumstantial evidence, teamwork, and much realistic third-grade angst fashion a chapter book for primary readers that will resonate with just the right touch of humor, reality, and memorable characters. McKenna knows third graders. Roth's pen and ink illustrations effectively portray the emotions of Lucy, Gordie, and Lamont. This title is part of the "Third Grade Series." 2006, Holiday House, Ages 6 to 10.