A cool girl who's secretly a major geek has to figure out how to be true to herself in this relatable, funny, feminist novel from Erin Dionne.
Sarah Anne loves lacrosse, and the MK Nightshade series that everyone was obsessed over in grade school. The problem is that she's still obsessed, which is way too nerdy for a popular kid like her. So she hides her geekiness with a set of rules meant to keep her geek and jock selves separate.
Except when she's offered a spot in a Nightshade fandom contest, where the winner gets to see the new movie premiere in LA. No one seems to think Sarah Anne can win, since she's up against a pair of guys in high school--but the more she's called a fake fan, the more determined she is to wipe the floor with her competition. As long as none of her friends or anyone at school knows what she's doing.
Can she keep her geek identity a secret, win the contest, and manage to keep her friends even though she's been living a lie? Sarah Anne is going to have to make some choices about what's truly important to her and which rules she's going to break to stay true to herself.
Reviews and Awards for Lights, Camera, Disaster:
"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