Whether she's impersonating Elvis, swaggering like Captain Hook, or imitating the sounds of a cricket, Violet is expressive and funny - but only when she's alone or with her best friend, Opal. At school, especially around class bully Irwin, who teases her nonstop, she retreats into a shell of shyness. But when Irwin, playing the part of Planet Mars in the class play, begins to spin wildly out of control and threatens to ruin the entire production, it's Violet who saves the day -- managing not only to give Irwin his comeuppance but to find her own unique way of surviving the spotlight.
©2001 Farrar, Straus (P)2003 Weston Woods
Heartfelt, amusing story.
Violet's performance, transformation.
She is wonderful in everything she does, I find the other audible titles from her very different and equally enthralling. Just terrific.
The whole thing, really. I loved how the teacher handled Violet's aversion to certain events and allowed her to overcome her fear by being supportive.
I would recommend to anyone who has a child dealing with bullying or has to overcome shyness or anxieties. Also, an amusing mnemonic device to recall the order of planets.
A must buy for Calista fans.
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