Go break a leg? No, go break an egg! On stage?!!! Shai and Emmie are third grade actresses and both want the lead in the class musical. But there can only be one star. Can they still be friends? This story has a few twists and turns, some illustrations and is a perfect first chapter book. As the first of a series, the reader will hardly be able to wait for the next installment.
~ Eight Cousins, Holiday Picks 2017— From Holiday Picks 2017
From Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhane Wallis comes the first story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third graders destined for superstardom. Shai Williams was born to be a star (or a veterinarian--and maybe a dentist). She attends a special elementary school for the performing arts, and her grandma Rosa and aunt Mac-N-Cheese are both actresses. So Shai is shocked when she doesn't get the lead role in the third-grade musical. Instead, the part goes to the new girl, Gabby Supreme, who thinks she is better than everyone else. To add insult to injury, Ms. Gremillion has now asked Shai to help Gabby with the role. Shai reluctantly agrees and enlists Emmie to help, but Gabby isn't going to make it easy. As opening night draws near, Shai discovers that making a new friend is sometimes like putting on a show--it requires dedication, patience, and lots and lots of practice.