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Starring Arabelle

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Impulsive, romantic Arabelle Archer is determined to make the most of her freshman year. She’ll audition for the school play and soon be on her way to the stardom she knows is her destiny.

But Arabelle’s year gets off to a rocky start when all the roles in the play go to upperclassmen and she has to settle for prompting. And to make matters worse, her guidance counselor ins
Paperback, 1st Edition, 236 pages
Published September 2012 by Eerdmans
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Cynthia Levinson
Aug 18, 2012 Cynthia Levinson rated it it was amazing
This book is not just a hoot. It’s an exemplar of masterful writing.
Arabelle Archer, a lowly ninth-grader with twelfth-grade aspirations to
play a major role in the school play, is spunky, funny, and
melodramatically romantic—all wrapped in a petite five-foot package.
But, when it comes to getting along with her best friend, Erna Sue, “who
made a habit of never being wrong,” Arabelle can also be impulsively
brash. Each character, including Boris (the visiting student from
Ukraine), Jeff and Chip (the
Sheri S.
Sep 17, 2012 Sheri S. rated it it was amazing
Hillary De Baun’s new book, Starring Arabelle was so engaging, I couldn’t put it down. The characters, the plot and conflict meshed together seamlessly. I'm looking forward to sharing this fun book with many young readers. Arabelle, a lowly freshman in high school, wants to feel noticed, become an actress and attend a great college, in that order. When Arabelle’s is told by her best friend, the only way to make her college application distinguishable, she must begin doing volunteer work. She ...more
Pat Sherman
Sep 02, 2012 Pat Sherman rated it it was amazing
If you were ever stage-struck when you were a teen, or know a kid who is now, this is the perfect book. Arabelle Archer (aka Alex) is thrilled when she, a lowly freshman, gets a role in the high school play. It's her chance to shine. What she doesn't know is that her life off-stage is about to supply more drama than any playwright ever could. A volunteer job at a local nursing home that she assumes will be tedious and boring proves to be anything but. Of course, being a teen-age girl, she also ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
Arabelle is excited to start high school, star in the school play and make lots of friends. But the popular senior who has her locker next to Arabelle informs her that only Seniors and Juniors get parts, and it seems her only friend is Erna Sue, her best friend from middle school. When she is assigned by her counselor to volunteer at a rest home, Arabelle is sure this is the worst year ever. But things look up when Boris, the Ukrainian exchange student sits with her at lunch, and she is cast ...more
Oct 01, 2012 Licia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
Just be yourself.It sounds like great advice. The problem is when you're in 9th grade, you wonder, Who is this self? Maybe Arabelle should be like the legendary actress Deirdre Glendenning, or the famous ballerina Maria Tallchief. Or maybe she's just plain old best friend to Erna Sue, even if she is a prig at times. Or maybe she's the witty girl at the locker who's capturing Jeff's heart. Maybe the true Arabelle is the one who cares about the lonely Mr. Wexler and the other residents at Heavenly ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I won a copy of Starring Arabelle from LibraryThing. It was a cute, easy read. Arabelle and her friends are easy to relate to and make the book fun. I found myself pulling for Arabelle every step of the way. I would definitely recommend this book to girls about to start high school (7th grade or so).
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Jan 29, 2016 Alma Ramos-McDermott rated it did not like it
Now that Arabelle is getting ready to start 9th grade, she knows her life is going to change. She has plans to be a star actress and to have tons of friends. She soon learns dreams are better in her head, as they fall to pieces before her eyes.

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I loved this book!!
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Predictable, but well written and entertaining.
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What I like best about writing books for young readers is the joy of creating funny stories and comical characters. Like Mr. Rosen in STARRING ARABELLE, who forgets to put his clothes on, or actress-y Camille Becker, who’s always on stage even when she isn’t, or nerdy Erna Sue Comstock, the smartest girl in ninth grade, who knows what ophidiology means. I enjoy adolescents of all kinds, but nerds ...more
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