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Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
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Aug 10, 2011

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Read from August 08 to 10, 2011 , read count: 1

In general, it was a pretty good book, especially if you like theater and play-acting. Scarlett Martin is a teen who lives in a family owned hotel called the Hopewell. On her fifteenth birthday, she discovers two things: her parents have fired the head cook, who is amazing at cooking, and that she is in charge of the Empire Suite, a tradition in which all the Martin kids receive a suite on their fifteenth birthday. Scarlettt soon realizes that her family is struggling with financial issues and they may have to sell the Hopewell if they don't find guests to live in the hotel.

A couple days later, a strange lady named Mrs. Amberson comes to the Hopewell and decides to stay in the Empire Suite, the suite that Scarlett is in charge of. She says that she'll be staying long-term and pays a lot of money, keeping the Hopewell alive for a little more time.

Meanwhile, Scarlett's brother, Spencer, is trying to find a job in theater, but isn't having much luck. Scarlett's parents give Spencer a deadline, and if he doesn't meet the deadline, he'll have to transfer to a culinary school and learn to be the head chef of the Hopewell. Spencer, desperate, finds a part in the play Hamlet. Lucky for him, the cast is from schools like Julliard, and it promises good audience, which is exactly what Spencer needs.

When Mrs. Amberson catches wind of the Hamlet, she decided to intervene and help the cast perform better. When they can't find a place to stay, Scarlett suggests that they use the basement of the Hopewell, hoping that her parents won't hear the noise. (But they do).

Since this summary is getting really long and my fingers are tired from typing so much, I'm going to end this with some suspense. Will the Hamlet find a place to perform their play?

By the way, there's other stuff that I didn't really mention but they're in the book... just saying.

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