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Stage Fright (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls #4)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,636 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Mrs. Hunter's fourth grade class is putting on a play! But Allie's theatrical hopes are crushed when she doesn't get cast as the princess -- the part that she wanted! Instead, Allie is cast as the evil queen. But as opening night approaches, Allie learns its not the size of the part, it's the size of the heart that really matters.

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Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Scholastic (first published 2009)
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Robin J.
Dec 06, 2012 Robin J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading the book, Stage Fright By; Meg Cabot. In this book there is a girl named Allie and it is going to be open house in her class in a few days. So Allie’s class is going to put on a play called Princess Penelope and realm of recycling. I remember the first time that I did a play I was so excited that I almost forgot my lines. Sofia, Erica, Kevin (Allie’s little brother) and Allie are walking home from school and Erica starts talking about their play, Allie has her mind set to ...more
Dec 05, 2009 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this fourth volume of Allie's rules, there are fewer new rules. It is the time of year for class presentations, and Allie's class is going to put on a play, "Princess Penelope in the Realm of Recycling." Of course, Cheyenne wants to play Princess Penelope, but so do all the other girls in the class!

There are great and entertaining scenes with Allie and her best friend competing for the Princess role, but there is also an overload of ridiculous green characters -- compact fluorescent bulb fair
Sep 21, 2009 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Cute book. My daughter, who is Allie's age exactly, enjoyed it, as did I, although my daughter's opinion was that the play sounded a bit silly, and she could not imagine her classmates being excited to put it on. I think Uncle Jay should get his degree in child psychology. He always knows what to say to Allie to help her figure things out herself.

One little thing bothers me about these books: Allie's mom is a chair of a department at the college, and now she's taken on a second job as a movie re
Jun 20, 2012 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, Meg Cabot has got to have some actual fourth-graders on her payroll. She channels the things they think, say, & do so well that it's kind of uncanny at points, & because of that, I have to imagine these books are incredibly popular with the elementary age set for that reason alone. She nails it so well that I feel like I'm reading about myself in fourth grade, & that's a feat considering just how many years ago that was. There may not have been cell phones then, but having ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Runa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Stage Fright comes out strong, setting a very powerful and perfect tone to a great story. This series really is great for fans of Barbara Park's snarky Junie B. Jones. It's the same brand of humor, and fans who may have outgrown Junie and are looking for something new to read will definitely find the same type of honest outlook on the world from Allie. Cabot is really good at keeping up with current pop culture and putting in age appropriate references, which would make the books all the more ap
Aug 17, 2012 Shaniya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot.I liked it because it was realistic.The whole book was realistic because the things that happened in this book can happen in real life.For example, your class can have a play and you want the lead but your friend wants it more than you do.That can really happen.
You would like this book if you like The Princess Diaries or the Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series.You would like this book because Meg Cabot wrote both books and this apart of the series.This is book 4.
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Allie Finkle's fourth grade class is putting on a play and Allie really, really wants the part of the main character, Princess Penelope. The only problem is that so does almost every other girl in her class, including one of her best friends, Sophie, and snobby Cheyenne.

Allie's not worried, though. With help from her ex-theater major Uncle Jay and her mom's new "Celebrity" job as a movie critic on a local cable show, she's sure to ge
Mar 18, 2013 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is interesting to me because the main character's name is called Allie and I am also called Allie. So this book is about Mrs. Hunter class is going to put on a play. Allie really wants to be the princess as her role. She tried very hard on it. But Mrs. Hunter thinks Allie will do good at the role of the evil queen. She was very disappointed at first. But it turns out to be the biggest role than other's, even the princess's role. So she now know that it's not because Mrs. Hunter doesn' ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Elena marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ambre, Messaline and Angela
Recommended to Elena by: My sister
Stage Fright
Meg Cabot
5 stars
This book is really great. It is about 2 friends who both try out for the same part in the school play. They both really want.But only one gets it. They do their best to not spoil their friendship because of this, but there are a few consequences. If I had to choose, I would choose Allie as a friend. She is funny, nice and I find is the most like me because she has younger siblings. Also she treats her friends the way I treat mine.
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Jessica Mitchell
Oct 31, 2012 Jessica Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Mitchell, 10
Stage Fright
Meg Cabot

I liked this book better then the last installment of 'Allie Finkles Rules For Girls'. The front and backcover layouts were very clever, I liked them.
A nice thing about this book, was that there were plenty of plot twists, and little clifthangers. Therefore, even though the writing was kind of dull and slow, (thats why its four, not five stars) , it was a real page turner.
Another reason I liked this book, was, that it was chick-lit. You can see it in th
Oct 10, 2010 Shonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
3.5 Stars

Allie Finkle and her fourth grade class are putting on play for the school’s open house. Everyone is really excited to audition and several students want to be the lead. Including Allie’s BFF Sophie and Cheyenne, a mean girl in Allie’s class.

After reading through the play, Allie decides she wants to try out for the Princess too and asks her Uncle Jay for help. Allie isn’t sure how Sophie will react when she finds out Allie is auditioning too, but Allie doesn’t allow this to hold her bac
When she finds out her class is going to put on a play about recycling, Allie is cetain that she will get the role of the princess. So you can imagine how devistated she is when Mrs. Hunter gives Allie the role of the evil Queen. Allie manages to find the good in the bad, though, even beging to enjoy her role, but when her friend Sophie lets the role of the princess go to her head, can Allie fix the problem before the big show?

Another good installment in the series. Cabot has a good ear for the
Jan 15, 2010 Juliet marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book seems really good! I have read the first 3 already and just waiting to go get this one! Allie has been through so many things in the past, such as moving, bullies, making new friends, etc... She just wants all the drama to stop. She just wants Cheyenne to leave the school, she has been so mean to Allie, Erica and her other friends since she moved in from Toronto! And her old friends at her old school like Brittany, well she wasn't friend, she was actually a bully. She just wants it to ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Shoshi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book of Meg Cabot and now I like her as an author because she is very descriptive and funny. In this book, Allie Finkle really wants to get the main part in the class musical, Princess Penelope and the Realm of Recycling, that her favourite and pretty teacher, Ms Hunter wrote, but her best friends don't know, so they encourage Allie's friend Sophie to audition for Princess Penelope. But Allie will do anything to make sure the new mean girl Cheyyene doesn't get the main part.
Allie is a fourth grade student.
Realistic Fiction

Allie wants the school lead in her class play, so do all the other girls. She tries out even though one of her best friends also wants the part. She doesn't get the part but gets another good character. It takes her a while to warm up to playing that part but she does it and does it well. Then her friend Sophie accuses her of stealing the show. Soon Sophie is out of the play and Cheyenne, who is not a nice girl, has the lead and Allie doesn't want
Oh Yeah Mr Krabs
I actually liked the part where Allie was assigned the part as the villain, because the villains have to be played by really good actors, to make the drama better. Of course, Cheyenne throws a fit and begs for the princess part. While Sophia, one of Allie's friends, gets a little bit arrogant over the fact that she is the main character. But I think that the best part about this book is that no matter how much Cheyenne whines, she has to be the part she was assigned to.
Oct 03, 2011 Oumiie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Allie is soo into her PENELOPE PRINCESS, that she forgets about everyone's feelings! She broke her friendhsip with sophie!, because she didn't care of sophie's feelings she rather cared of her ways, and her feelings! But after the auditions, Allie got the part of EVIL QUEEEN, and was soo depressed and sophie was Penelope Princess! But then she found out found out that the EVIL QUEEN, was an excellent PART!!:)
Jennifer Warf
Sep 15, 2013 Jennifer Warf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally started reading this series to provide my 1st grader with some chapter book experience while also staying somewhat G-rated with the content. We loved these books... we still joke about the rule about never having a pet that can poop in your hand. LOL.
My mother and I are big fans of the Princess Diaries series, so we had to check out more by Meg Cabot. I met her in June 2004 at a book signing in Bloomington, IN. She was awesome. I also have a signed copy of Teen Idol.
May 24, 2010 Debby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th, 5th grade girls
Shelves: juvenile
Room 209 is putting on a play for the school open house. Allie, her friend Sophie and most of the other girls in the class want to be the princess, including snobby Cheyenne (from book 3). Allie's disappointed when she doesn't get the part, but she learns several good life lessons while they practice for the performance. Another reasonably well done story that will be great for the intended 4th grade girl audience. Really a 3.5 star.
Feb 02, 2010 Cache' rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
All the fourth grade girls want to be Princess Penelope but only one girl can. A girl who is from Canada thinks she should be the princess because she has always be the lead star in every play she has been in. Allie, her friend Sophie, and Cheyenne(the girl from Canada) are trying to win to play Princess Penelope.
Feb 02, 2013 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, Allie is kind of like me in my first community play (not school). I didn't get the part I had wanted and I was very sad. But just like Allie, I learned to be happy for what you get and find the positive side of not being the main character. I had a lot of fun just like her. 5 plays later, I still love the theater!
Number 4 in Allie Finkle. Cabot must listen to 4th grade girls talk because the dialog is pretty funny and the thought process of Allie seems dead on (though I can't really remember what I thought about in 4th grade). In this book, the class is putting on a play and Allie is going for the lead role, as is her good friend.
♫Sarah Love♫
Jun 07, 2010 ♫Sarah Love♫ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-so
now this one is really funny the girl from cannada is still there and she thinks when this play comes on she'll be the star of the play like the on's she says she was in in cannada but allie's friend also wants to do it and so does allie she feels as if she tries out for it that she'll get mad and wont like her anymore she what happens in this rule book
Oct 02, 2010 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to be the star of the show? Allie Finkle wants the same. Mrs.Hunters class is doing the relam of recycling play and allie wants to be the star princess Penople but when her plan but when that dosen't hapen will Allie execpt her character the evil queen. FYI: READ THE THE ALLIE FINKLE SERIES IN ORDER.
Jan 02, 2010 Stacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 11, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This is my least favorite of the series so far. It was still cute, but Allie wasn't nearly as enjoyable in this book as she has been in the past. I think Cabot stretched a thin plot almost past the breaking point, and it was the first time that Allie and her world didn't feel authentic.
Sep 13, 2010 Lindi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allie really wantes this play and her friends think Sophie should get the play it turns out neather of them get the play Allie gets someone else who she did not want. I think she gets stage fright because that is what the book is called I am still reading but IDK yet.
Definatly not for my age xP But I'd read anything Meg Cabot wrote. It's really cute, made me laugh at times. Allie's acting is honeslty awesome and the big show-offy fat idiot in her class makes me wanna scream. Chenelle, is it? The b****. :P
Feb 07, 2010 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
Another really good book in the series. I think I liked book #3 the best, but this one definitely had some good lessons and funny situations. My daughter really likes these books because of the life lessons they teach: she frequently mentions relevant quotes from these books at the dinner table
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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun
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