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Blog Tour: STAR-CROSSED by Barbara Dee, Novel Secret & #Giveaway (USA)
May 25th, 2017 by Liza Wiemer

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by Barbara Dee

Published by: Simon & Schuster, Aladdin

Important Links:

Goodreads | IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

About STAR-CROSSED:

Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel from the author of Truth or Dare.

Matti
e, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging Romeo and Juliet. And she is even more excited when, after a series of events, she finds herself playing Romeo, opposite Gemma Braithwaite’s Juliet. Gemma, the new girl at school, is brilliant, pretty, outgoing—and, if all that wasn’t enough: British.

As the cast prepares for opening night, Mattie finds herself growing increasingly attracted to Gemma and confused, since, just days before, she had found herself crushing on a boy named Elijah. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls? If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things backstage at the production are starting to rival any Shakespearean drama! In this sweet and fu
nny look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to be the lead player in her own life.

PRAISE FOR STAR-CROSSED:

“A sweet story of young love amid middle school theatrics. Mattie’s genuine inflections and stream-of-consciousness narrative resonate well with the early-adolescent experience. Readers cannot help but root for Mattie as she discovers bravery she never gave herself credit for, both onstage and in life.”—Kirkus Reviews 

“A sweet coming-out story for jr. high readers. The clever Shakespeare content is a bonus…VERDICT: A fine choice for middle school libraries in need of accessible LGBTQ stories and a great option for students reading or performing Romeo and Juliet.”—School Library Journal

“A star student falls for the lead actress of her school play in this welcome addition to the middle grade LGBTQ bookshelf…Dee thoughtfully dramatizes the intricate social performance of middle school, with its secret crushes and fierce rivalries. The book benefits from a memorable cast…Mattie’s narration is intimate and believable, and readers will be pleased to watch her grow from spectator to star.”—Publishers Weekly

“A sweet look at unexpected first love. Recommended.”—School Library Connection

School Library Journal “Popular Pick” for March, 2017!

About Barbara Dee:Barbara Dee 2 142 kb

Barbara Dee is the author of seven middle grade novels all published by Simon & Schuster, including TRUTH OR DARE (Sept. 2016) and STAR-CROSSED (March 2017). Her next middle grade novel, HALFWAY NORMAL, will publish September 5, 2017. Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

Novel Secret:

 

You know those T-shirts and mugs that say “Be nice to me or I’ll put you in my novel”? I have a confession: I based a character in STAR-CROSSED on a real-life acquaintance whose name-dropping (particularly about famous authors) was driving me crazy. I couldn’t call her out on it, so I used her irritating behavior in the creation of Miss Bluestone, the teacher who “talked about authors as if they were her former boyfriends,” and referred to Emily Dickinson by her first name. It’s the first time I ever created a character to help me deal with a tricky person, but I highly recommend it as a coping mechanism.

Giveaway: 1 signed copy of

STAR-CROSSED (US only)

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