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Drama Queens in the House

Julie Williams

Roaring Brook Press

All of Jessie's world is a stage, and she's determined to become a player, in Drama Queens in the House by Julie Williams.

Sixteen-year-old Jessie Jasper Lewis doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t surrounded by method actors, bright spotlights, and feather boas. Her parents started the Jumble Players Theater together, and theater is the glue that holds her crazy family together. But when she discovers that her father’s cheating on her mother with a man, Jessie feels like her world is toppling over. And on top of everything else, she has to deal with a delusional aunt who is predicting the end of the world. Jessie certainly doesn’t feel ready to be center stage in the production that is her family. But where does she belong in all of this chaos?

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the luckiest girl in the world
 

The theater is lit up like an opening-night gala celebrating the first show of a new season. It’s graduation night, the second Thursday in June, and this gala is all about me.
JESSIE JASPER LEWIS … my name on the marquee in lights.
Well, the marquee actually reads THE JUMBLE PLAYERS. But a dozen Japanese maples dotting the patio are sparkling with lights. All the windows in the old mansion part of the theater are twinkling, too.
And there IS a huge banner strung across the stage door that reads WAY TO GO, JESSIE!
My dad
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Praise for Drama Queens in the House

"The novel brings up several important questions of identity: What does it mean to be biracial? How does a teenager come to process and accept a homosexual parent?" - School Library Journal
 
"Jessie's effervescent voice and the farcical nature of their daily lives keep the pace lively." - BCCB
 
"...give this to the theater lovers in the library." - VOYA
 
"...readers with an interest in performance will particularly enjoy watching Jessie rediscover her confidence as well as her talents."--Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Julie Williams

  • Julie Williams is the author of the young adult novel-in-poems Escaping Tornado Season. She was an adjunct professor at California State University teaching for the communication studies and theater departments for twenty years. She and her husband live in Minnesota.
  • Julie Williams
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Drama Queens in the House

Julie Williams

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