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What's a girl to do? Plenty.


Beatrice thinks she has no talent, but that doesn't stop her from auditioning for the annual middle school play.  Easy! Except Michiko, a new girl from Japan, shows up and ruins everything.

So begins Beatrice's humorous and diabolical plan to scare away Michiko.  But Michiko has goals of her own with no plans to leave soon. Beatrice is sometimes sarcastic, sometimes very funny and always honest...hence her alter ego "Bumbling Bea"


A great book for those who love theater and every part of it--the good, the bad and the crazy.

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"In addition to being a fun read, this story does what so much fine literature does--helps us to see that we are not alone" 

-  Amazon reviewer 

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5-star rating on Amazon

Over 40 reviews!

Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards is a prestigious book contest sponsored by Billy Bob Button. an indie author himself. It is the only award contest of its kind where the books are judged by students and readers who like to read.

Five Star Publications is proud to present the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, which were conceived and designed with children in mind. Not only do we recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children's literature, but we also highlight and reward up-and-coming, newly published authors and younger published writers.

"I used this book as a class read-aloud. My students really enjoyed it. Plus, it helped us to discuss handling not-so-nice feelings. We were fortunate enough to have Deborah Baldwin as a guest speaker and to have her read the first chapter. My students were able to ask her questions. My PTA purchased 7 books, one copy for each of the upper grade level classrooms. My copy is often checked out! A great read!"

- Maria Cox, Teacher, Ridgeway Elementary School

"This is a great book for those who know theatre and those who don't! A book any of us can relate to and recall our own tumultuous journey through middle school or junior high." 

-  Amazon reviewer 

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