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Claim to Fame

3.53  ·  Rating Details ·  2,029 Ratings  ·  240 Reviews
It was a talent that came out of nowhere. One day Lindsay Scott was on top of the world, the star of a hit TV show. The next day her fame had turned into torture.
Every time anyone said anything about her, she heard it. And everyone was talking about Lindsay: fans, friends, enemies, enemies who pretended to be friends....
Lindsay had what looked like a nervous breakdown an
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published October 19th 2009)
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Cara
Nov 22, 2009 Cara rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
When I first started to read this I did know that Lindsay could hear what people said about her. Now at first this may seem like a good gift, but in reality people can be cruel and you wouldn't want to be bogged down with all the things people say about you. Way too much information. For poor Lindsay Scott, having this "gift" destroys her career as an actress and from having a normal life. Sooner or later though she has to face the world, and her taste of the outside world since the start of her ...more
Dianne Salerni
Dec 14, 2009 Dianne Salerni rated it liked it
I'm a longtime Margaret Peterson Haddix fan, starting with her first book Running Out of Time. I still use that one periodically in my fifth grade reading class. I have also enjoyed her Among the Hidden series, and I especially enjoyed her recent book Found. I had mixed feelings about Claim to Fame, however.

There were parts of the book that were creepy, and when I realized that the little town of Springdale was not exactly what it appeared to be, I had a quick flashback to the village of Clifto
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Sierra *Soar on wings like eagles*
Not my favorite Margaret Peterson Haddix book, but not bad. :)
Rachael
Jan 05, 2010 Rachael rated it liked it
Lindsay Scott was a childhood actress who had everything—until the day her horrible new skill showed up. From that day on, Lindsay was able to hear everything that anyone said about her not matter where they were. And with everyone talking about her, it nearly drove her crazy. She escaped from the public eye when her show was cancelled and she moved to a small town in Illinois with her father. Now sixteen, Lindsay’s still hiding out at home, her only refuge from the onslaught of voices she norma ...more
H
Jun 28, 2010 H rated it it was ok
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Allison Buhler
Mar 18, 2013 Allison Buhler rated it it was amazing
Claim to Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix, is about a young girl named Lindsey who has the ability to hear everything that anyone says about her throughout the world at any given time.
This gift that Lindsey has may seem like it would not be such a bad thing. At times haven't we all wondered what people say about us? The reality though to Lindsey is that this is anything, but a gift. Before Lindsey developed the ability to hear what others said of her, she was a successful actress.
When Lindsey
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Miki Garrison
Mar 29, 2010 Miki Garrison rated it really liked it
Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of my favorite authors, but I'll admit that I love some of her books far more than others. I don't know that I'd consider "Claim to Fame" one of my faves amongst her books, but it was definitely a good read.

In "Claim to Fame", Lindsey is an ex-child star, living in obscurity -- and able to hear everything that anyone says about her, from anywhere in the world. Not surprisingly, having such a talent sprout up just as you are hitting puberty as "the cute baby" of a
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Lana Krumwiede
Margaret Peterson Haddix has a talent for making strange things seem completely plausible. Being more of a YA book, this story has a much stronger internal plot than some of her other middle-grade books.
Laurie
Dec 29, 2009 Laurie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I almost always like Haddix's books, and this one was no exception. Original premise, fast pace, satisfying ending.
Jaina
Apr 02, 2015 Jaina rated it really liked it
Shelves: blogged
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

I'm in a bit of a review-writing slump right now. I've been so busy in my personal life lately that blogging has had to go on the back-burner. Speaking of busy, my capstone project in AP English is a speech about Richard III. I've been really swamped researching it - and by swamped, I mean "my floor has been devoured by history books" - but it's been incredibly fascinating learning so much about a period I never really knew much about. I p
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Rach
For much of this book, I was annoyed with Lindsay Scott Kearns. She lives isolated from everyone around her, and refuses to stand up for herself, even when she is kidnapped. She lashes out in anger and pushes away people that want to help her. And when all of this is explained, by her mysterious "gift" of being able to hear what people say about her, it still doesn't make that much sense. And actually, her abilities themselves confused me. It didn't make sense how she got them, and to be honest, ...more
Adrienne Jones
Oct 03, 2016 Adrienne Jones rated it it was ok
It was okay. If it hadn't been an audiobook and by one of my kid's favorite authors, I would probably have quit midway.
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 17, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: I'm a fan of the author's.

Deep topics are under discussion in this book, first and foremost being transcendentalism. The main character does an awful lot of thinking and figuring things out in her head rather than impulsively acting upon her feelings as so many juvenile book character do. This leaves me somewhat concerned with the age group the book is marketed to. (The dust jacket says 10-14). I think that age group expects action rather than quotes from great transcendenta
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Lauren
Sep 13, 2015 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just going to start off by saying that nothing actually happens in this book. Like, at all.
It was a cool idea, and the beginning certainly caught my attention. However, like most of Haddix's books, the plot jumped around too much and it wasn't very carefully laid out. The main characters that have huge impacts on the plot only show up a couple times (or just once, in one of the cases). Just like every Haddix book, the character comes up with one solution after the other, none of them lastin
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Elizabeth
Aug 25, 2011 Elizabeth rated it liked it
I liked "Claim to Fame" by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It was about a teenage-girl named Lindsay Scott who had been a brilliant child-actress before having a nervous breakdown. Her father moved her to a small town in Illinois as a result of the breakdown. Lindsay had a nervous breakdown because she was practically driven insane by the fact that she could hear everything anyone was saying about her, at all times. Meaning: she could hear people saying "oh, Lindsay Scott is ugly, Lindsay Scott is a t ...more
Jackie
Lindsay Scott Curran,16 hears voice in her head...no, she's not mentally ill, she actually hears everything everyone says about her no matter how far away they are. This is especially nerve-wracking since she was a child star on the sitcom Just me and the Kids from age 5 to 11. So every time a rerun comes on she hears every comment, good, bad, or indifferent, unless she is in her safe house (where she can't hear voices) in Springdale, Illinois.

After the sitcom ended, Lindsay's dad brought her t
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Dan Rogers
Jul 05, 2011 Dan Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lindsay, a 16 year old girl, lives a nearly reclusive life in Springdale Illinois where her Dad is an adjunct professor at the local college. 11 years ago she was an actress in a TV show called Just Me and the Kids. Although it only ran for about five years, it is quite popular as it still runs in syndication. Lindsay has never known her mom as she "disappeared" soon after Lindsay was born. Her Dad has never explained the details and Lindsay has seemingly never cared. Little does she know how t ...more
Amanda
Aug 04, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
I was really excited when I had the opportunity to read this book. I haven't had the chance to read any Margaret Peterson Haddix books before, and I've only heard good things about her. I was pretty pumped about Claim to Fame, and sat down to read it the same day I got it.

The book started out with such promise -Haddix has such relaxed, clear writing that it was easy (and enjoyable) to follow. Lindsay seemed like an interesting enough character, and I became more and more curious about her with e
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Rhonda
May 13, 2010 Rhonda rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
I was really excited when I had the opportunity to read this book. I haven't had the chance to read any Margaret Peterson Haddix books before, and I've only heard good things about her. I was pretty pumped about Claim to Fame, and sat down to read it the same day I got it.

The book started out with such promise -Haddix has such relaxed, clear writing that it was easy (and enjoyable) to follow. Lindsay seemed like an interesting enough character, and I became more and more curious about her with
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Julie Graves
Jan 22, 2011 Julie Graves rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011-reads
Lindsay Scott can hear everything that anyone is saying about her no matter where they are in the world. She used to be a famous actress but has been in seclusion for several years. Her house is the only place that she can go that she cannot hear what people think about her.

When a couple of teenage boys read a tabloid article stating that Lindsay is being held against her will by her overbearing father they decide to “set her free”. So they kidnap her. Thinking they are doing Lindsay a great fav
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Heather
Dec 29, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Lindsay is sad, confused, and has grown up basically without parents or any sort of parental guidence. She has cut herself off from the world, doesn't watch TV, doesn't have any friends, and has only learned to relate to others from books, the internet, and her self-studies. Given this, her interaction between characters throughout the story is understandable and I can relate to her character. As the story moves forward, I wandered how she was to survive after her secret had been revealed, what ...more
Taffy
Apr 14, 2012 Taffy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
First line:

"I was suppose to be doing my algebra homework that night."



Lindsay can hear...everything.

That is the premise of the book. I didn't find out until quite a ways into the book what that meant.

While I enjoyed the writing, I felt I was left hanging. This book could have been double in length with all the character arcs that weren't developed or a plot line suddenly closing. Lindsay had no motivations, no danger, no goals to propel her forward. Unless you count a brief talk with an old la
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Jessica
Jul 17, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok
Imagine you are a famous child TV star. Imagine the whole world knows your name. Now imagine when anyone, anywhere says your name you can hear them talking. That’s a normal day for former child star Lindsay Scott whose father has recently died leaving her alone with the voices of the world in her head. Lindsay tries to stay away from crowds and safely in her house which is working out pretty well until the night she is kidnapped. That is the night that changes Lindsay’s life forever and sends he ...more
carissa
Recommended Ages: grades 7 and up

It was a talent that came out of nowhere. One day Lindsay Scott was on the top of the world, the star of a hit TV show. The next day her fame had turned into torture. Every time anyone said anything about her, she heard it. And everyone was talking about Lindsay: fans, friends, enemies, enemies who pretended to be friends....

Lindsay had what looked like a nervous breakdown and vanished from the public eye. But now she's sixteen and back in the news: A tabloid new
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Sarah
Apr 29, 2010 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 6-9
Lindsay is a former Hollywood child star who now lives a secluded life in Springdale, Illinois (the middle of nowhere) with her father. She’s fine with the secluded part; in fact, she prefers it! When she was 11-years-old, Lindsay developed—quite suddenly—what she refers to as her “talent.” It’s not an acting talent she’s talking about—it’s the ability to hear everything anyone says about her from anywhere in the world.

For some strange reason, the house in Springdale can block all of these voic
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Emma
Oct 27, 2010 Emma rated it liked it
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Ellen
I am not sure that all the pieces fit together in this offbeat book about a former child star who has developed the ability to hear what people all over the planet are thinking about her. Lindsey, whose younger self appears in reruns of a popular Brady Brunchlike sitcom, is especially vulnerable to the psychic chatter. But when she moves to a small midwest college town, her new house offers refuge, a no-overhear zone where silence rules. The author handles the Lindsey's learning curve well, as s ...more
M.
Jul 06, 2010 M. rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: young adult
It's an interesting premise--Lindsay Scott was a successful child actress who, roughly when she hit puberty, all of a sudden came into a "gift," the ability to hear anyone in the world who is talking about her and it drives her bananas. (Not literally crazy, just incredibly distracting, especially as the show she was in has gone into syndication all over the world.) There are very few places where the voices are silent; her house is one, but that means she's a virtual prisoner in her house. What ...more
Lisa
Mar 09, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
I think I am being genererous with the three star rating because I did enjoy most of the read but now that I'm done I am finding a lot I didn't like. Basically a coming of age story about a girl who is different than everyone else. Blah, blah, blah. The first half of the book is too long and I was annoyed with the main character always referring to her former days as a child actor. This is a big part of the story and she does have a fairly satisfying "revelation" about herself almost at the very ...more
Jacquelyn Julian
The beginning of this book grabbed by attention right away. This girl is being kidnapped by nice kidnappers who think they are saving her from who they believe to be her horrible father, based on a tabloid article, only to find out her father died the day after the article was published!?!?! Oh, and she used to be a former child star on TV, and one of her kidnappers is in love with her. And, she stays inside her "safe" house all the time because when she goes outside, she can hear what people sa ...more
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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