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Spark
ISBN: 9780062220233
Author: Schindler, Holly
Publisher: Harperteen
Published: May 2016
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Learning about a tragic love story that unfolded on the stage of a run-down theater many years earlier, Quin aspires to rewrite the story for her drama class and discovers that the theater is being renovated and that two of her classmates are reliving the story. By the author of A Blue So Dark. Simultaneous eBook. 20,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Theater; Fiction.
Love; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015029172
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 6.25" W
Bargain Category: Chapter Books, Fantasy, High School, Middle School
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
A senior class project to reopen a rundown theater--closed since a 1947 tragedy involving star-crossed lovers--forces past and present love stories to converge. While the protagonists are written as seniors to facilitate the romance, the voice reads more like middle grade, and the kitschy magic lacks logic. However, theater lore and sympathetically drawn characters will attract readers. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 June)

Gr 6–10—Strange and powerful forces are at work in the skies over sleepy Verona, MO, a small town with a dying town square and some buried tragedies. High school senior Quin has been raised on the legend of the long-abandoned Avery Theater's glamorous past and tragic closure. When her adoptive mother, the high school drama teacher, forces the advanced drama class to stage a production of Anything Goes to raise money to revive the Avery, all hell breaks loose and past and present intertwine in a whirlwind of memories, strange happenings, romantic sparks, and flashes of memory. This urgent yet sweetly told tale of history, small-town tragedy, and magic lacks something as a theater story—rehearsals and performances are often skipped in favor of magical denouements and dramatic flashbacks—but the fast pace and slightly eerie writing are appealing. The first-person narrative allows readers to see the world through Quin's caring, wide-open eyes and loving perspective as she works hard to showcase her friends' latent talents and honor her town's history. VERDICT An innocent, hopeful, lightly magical romance, ideal for teens looking for "clean reads" and historical nostalgia.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library

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