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Annotation: Paisley has to get over her fear of performing in public if she ever wants to be a famous pop star.
Catalog Number: #6524816
Format: Paperback
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Special Formats: High Low High Low
Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 138 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-459-81834-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-459-81834-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018933741
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
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Kirkus Reviews
Paisley McFarland is a freshman in high school who loves to sing but has horrible stage fright in this entry in a performing-arts themed series for reluctant readers.When a local farm announces a talent show fundraiser, Paisley signs up to sing, but will she be able to pull it off? Like many young people, Paisley is also fighting her mother's expectations of what she "should" be doing—in her case, singing classical choir pieces rather than pop music. Her best friend, Jasmeer Sharma-Smith, believes in her and convinces the famous actress and singer Maxine Gaston to coach Paisley and help with her performance anxiety. Her private lessons help give her the confidence to go onstage at the upcoming event, but Paisley also has to deal with bullying from Cadence Wang, another student singer. Much like in real life, the negative behavior is not neatly resolved. Paisley is implied white; diversity is indicated through characters' names. In Offbeat by Megan Clendenan, Rose Callaghan is a Celtic fiddle player who hopes to win a folk festival competition in order to prove to her lawyer mother how serious she is about music she loves rather than the classical music her mother wants her to play. Things go awry when her special violin, left to her by her deceased father, breaks—will she still be able to perform well? The book follows a white default.Appealing, accessible stories for teens interested in the arts that will tempt them to become avid readers. (Fiction. 12-18)
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Lexile: HL560L
Guided Reading Level: Y
Fountas & Pinnell: Y

Fourteen-year-old Paisley loves to sing. She dreams of being a pop star just like her idol, Denzi, who also grew up in the small town of Stonehill. The problem is, Paisley suffers from severe stage fright. She can only sing in private. When word gets out that a famous Stratford actor who has worked with Denzi is staying at a local B&B, Paisley decides it's time to face her fears. She convinces the actor to tutor her and signs up to sing in a high-profile fundraiser.


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