Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays! Six Newbery Stars!
Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays! Six Newbery Stars!
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Annotation: Six masterful children's authors have become master playwrights in this collection of one-act plays that might just make you want to ACT OUT!
Catalog Number: #5227435
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Atheneum
Copyright Date: 2008
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: xi, 175 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-416-93849-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-416-93849-1
Dewey: 812
LCCN: 2007023613
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Editor Chanda recruited six Newbery Awardwinning authors—Avi, Susan Cooper, Sharon Creech, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson and Richard Peck—to write one-act plays suitable for children to read either silently or aloud, or perhaps to stage. He added one quirky requirement. Each play had to include six specific words, one each submitted by the playwrights: DOLLOP, HOODWINK, JUSTIN, KNUCKLEBALL, PANHANDLE and RAVEN. The results vary delightfully. Creech offers a biting and funny satire on the publishing world, with young Edgar Allan Poe attempting to sell his famous poem, and Peck provides a creepy ghost story about a riotous group of kids in a one-room school tamed by an elderly teacher with long experience. Paterson reworks Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Nightingale" into a modern morality tale, and Avi pens a hilarious play, featuring a disembodied voice, about the monster in the closet. Each author offers advice for staging. These would make exciting classroom or family activities, and all stand up well as entertaining reads. A dollop of fun for everyone. (Plays. 8-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 68 This collection includes selections by Avi, Sharon Creech, Susan Cooper, Patricia MacLachlan, Katherine Paterson, and Richard Peck. Each play was inspired by a theater-improv game in which the authors started with the selection of a single word. The pieces all include the following words: "dollop," "hoodwink," "Justin," "knuckleball," "panhandle," and "raven." Part of the fun is in seeing how these playwrights incorporate them into their stories. Most are humorous, and they all have many young characters. Production requirements range from easy to difficult. An engaging choice for literature and acting classes as well as general reading. Terrilyn Fleming, Colby Public Schools, KS
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Lexile: NP

With a star-studded lineup of writers, there’s a stage full of drama, comedy, and great storytelling waiting behind these curtains!

Sharon Creech spoofs a publishing office in The Raven, and the environment fights back against overdevelopment in Susan Cooper’s The Dollop. Patricia MacLachlan puts a twist on detention in The Bad Room, and Katherine Paterson revives a classic fairy tale in The Billionaire and the Bird. Richard Peck has schoolboys doing their best to trick a spooky substitute in Effigy in the Outhouse, and Avi’s Not Seeing Is Believing has words playing tricks on everybody. There’s something for everyone in this all-star lineup.

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