Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: The Show Must Go On by Ruth McNally Barshaw

The Ellie McDoodle Diaries: The Show Must Go OnThe sixth grade at Ellie's school is putting on a play of "The Wizard of Oz", and she is the stage manager. She promises her best friend, Mo, the part of Dorothy, but the adults in charge of casting choose someone else. Now, Mo won't speak to Ellie. Ellie finds that the job of stage manager is more complicated than she expected. She tries everything she to make the play, and her friendship with Mo, work, but things don't go smoothly. Luckily, Ellie has a loyal group of friends who are willing to help.

The plot was easy to follow, and it had a nice message about friendship. The focus of the plot was on the play, and it provided some drama and humor. I enjoyed Ellie's brothers. Her older brother had creative ideas for different projects, and her younger brother saved the day for opening night.

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