The Talent Show

The Talent Show

For Ages: 8 - 12
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Tornado or no tornado, the talent show must go on! This is a funny, action-packed adventure from Dan Gutman.

What’s your talent?
The kids of Cape Bluff, Kansas, had no idea there were so many aspiring stars among them until a tornado ripped through their town. That’s when they decided to have a talent show to raise money to rebuild. Now everyone is showing what they are made of: the good, the bad, and the bizarre. But the kids have to prove that their talent is worth the cost of admission if they’re going to make enough to save the town!
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416990048 | 
  • July 2012 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 800
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When the Tornado Hit …

  • Paul Crichton, a fifth grader at Cape Bluff Elementary School in Cape Bluff, Kansas, was alone in his basement with his Fender Stratocaster guitar, trying to master the intro to “Stairway to Heaven.”

  • Julia Maguire, a Cape Bluff fourth grader, was on pointe at The Fontaneau Ballet Studio, rehearsing her relevés and tour jetés for the grand allegro in Giselle.

  • Elke Villa, a sixth grader, was in the shower, belting out “I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 disco anthem, into a loofah that she was...
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