Who wants to be stuck wearing a shaggy dog outfit or a chicken suit on television? Twelve-year-old aspiring singer, actress, Daisy De la Cruz, that’s who. She’ll do and wear just about anything to get ahead in the entertainment industry. But will all her embarrassing moments pay off and land her a spot in her arts magnet school’s coveted master class where she’ll be rubbing shoulders with top professionals in the entertainment industry? Or will she be doomed to play the role of an animal, vegetable or mineral forever?
About the Author
Her first job after college was working for an NBC-TV affiliate where she did voiceovers and also shot a commercial where she played the role of a clown. She squeezed a squeaky toy bugle as she sashayed in front of the camera.
Melody has also led and served in benevolent ministries in North America and the Middle East. She currently works as a writer. Look for more books about Daisy and her quirky family in upcoming books included in the series, The De La Cruz Diaries. She has also written ROYALLY ENTITLED, an inspirational romance for women and teens, part of the Brides of Brevalia Series, also published by Clean Reads. You can find her on facebook, twitter and at her website.
Melody lives in Florida with her husband and children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Daisy De La Cruz desperately wants to be a famous actress. She’s good and she knows it. She has a beautiful voice and wonderful coaches at the school for the arts where she attends. She even has an agent who has helped her land a few commercial gigs. Her best friend, Tamika, also wants to be a star, but she lacks the confidence as well as Daisy’s vast vocal range. Competition is fierce at the school for the arts, and when a new music teacher introduces some novel ideas to his students, the competition just heats up and alliances change. And what middle school Grade 6 drama wouldn’t be complete without a mean girl queen? There are lessons to learn, though, and Daisy struggles intently with her dream, her desire to maintain her friendships, and her need to understand what’s right and good about both life and the world of acting. Author Melody Delgado has taken the mean girl middle school theme up to another level by introducing the world of highly competitive and often vicious art students. Her middle grade novel, Oops-A-Daisy: The De La Cruz Diaries, takes some rather complicated teenage themes and dramas and weaves them into valuable life lessons. The new music teacher, feared at first for his stern approach, becomes revered, at least by Daisy, as she learns why he insists that their class visit the local homeless shelter to help out. It gives her another perspective on life and what really is important. Although she can and will still dream about her acting career, Daisy has also felt compassion for helping others, both in the acting field and those less fortunate. A powerful story with an important message for young readers.
Oops-a-Daisy by Melody Delgado is a delightful MG story about Daisy De La Cruz and her pursuit of stardom. Though still in sixth grade, she has a developing voice and is the best vocalist in her class. Cinnamon, a beautiful dancer seems determined to make Daisy miserable. Daisy navigates various challenges or “oops” as she learns lessons about friendship, integrity, and gratitude. Daisy is not perfect, but during her progression from selfishness to generosity she found that a person can have what they want without compromising their values. Oops-a-Daisy is a great story for young girls with dreams.