THE PUNISHMENT: That's when a teacher worried about Will's home situation comes up with an idea. Why not let Will, a talented guitarist, give back to the school in a progressive manner? Why not have him play in . . . THE SCHOOL MUSICAL?
THE MUSICAl: Now Will is stuck in the school production of The Boy Friend. He's a laughingstock, and he has to give up his weekends for a show set at a girls' finishing school.
THE PLAYERS: There's the trombone-playing seventh grader who proclaims himself Will's best friend and refuses to leave his side. Then there's the undeniably attractive leading lady. Although she might be in love with her costar, the new football hero (and dazzling singer!).
Sharp-witted, funny, and poignant all at once, this is the story of a boy going through a difficult time who, in a most unlikely way, discovers the person he truly wants to be.
Why I chose this: There's a good energy to the opening, and I love the tagline, "Death by high school musical?". I think this will appeal to a lot of girls right now (and some boys), and there's a great potential for humor and wit and just plain fun reading, which is great for the teen- reading crowd.
This week, why not share some of your childhood favorites with a child?
You never know; years from now, they might be dedicating their book to you...
[Please note: this reading is from an ARC of the book, so the final version may differ.]