Hester Greene loves making movies. With her camera in hand, she can focus, make decisions, and have the control she lacks in life, where her executive function disorder (think extreme ADHD plus anxiety) sabotages her every move.
But middle school is not a movie, and if her last-ditch attempt to save her language-arts grade--and her chance to pass eighth grade, period--doesn't work, Hess could lose her friends, her year, even her camera. It will take more than a cool training montage to get her life together, but by thinking outside the frame, she just might craft a whole new ending.
Written partially in script form, with STOP/PAUSE/PLAY/REWIND moments throughout, this laugh-out-loud story will speak to any budding filmmaker, or unintentional troublemaker, in every act of their lives.
Reviews and Awards
"Undeniably satisfying. Through Hester's thoughtful first-person narration, structured with "fast forward," "pause," and "resume play" asides, Dionne creates a flawed, lovable, sympathetic character who, thanks to her support network, is ultimately able to become "the director of [her] own story." Readers will root for and relate to Hester." - Kirkus Reviews
"The book will...hit home with readers who can empathize with Hester’s disorganization. Things look up as Hester learns to play to her interests, and her film about her classmates strikes a chord—making the point that kids are much more than their classwork and grades." - School Library Journal
Middle Grade Fiction
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 272
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes