Thursday, March 5, 2015

Step into the Spotlight! by Heather Alexander -- ADVISABLE

Alexander, Heather Step into the Spotlight! (The Amazing Stardust Friends #1), illustrated by Diane Le Feyer. Scholastic Inc., 2015. $4.99. Content: G.

Eight-year-old Marlo's mom has just gotten a job cooking for the members of the Stardust Circus. Marlo loves her new life -- complete with a bunk on the Stardust train, a traveling classroom, and friendships with an acrobat, an animal trainer, and a clown. But how will she ever begin to fit in without a special role of her own?

What a great concept for a series! The story is filled with lots of little details that make the circus world come to life. Marlo's struggles are very real, while her bravery and star power give her a heroic, larger-than-life quality that makes her easy to root for.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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