Shai & Emmie star in Break an egg! / Quvenzhané Wallis with Nancy Ohlin ; Illustrated by Sharee Miller.

By: Wallis, Quvenzhané, 2003- [author.]Contributor(s): Ohlin, Nancy [author.] | Miller, Sharee (Illustrator) [illustrator.]Material type: TextTextSeries: Wallis, Quvenzhané, Shai & Emmie stories: 1.Edition: First editionDescription: 119 pages : illustrations ; 22 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781481458825; 1481458825; 9781481458832; 1481458833Other title: Shai and Emmie star in Break an egg! | Break an egg!Subject(s): Theater -- Juvenile fiction | Acting -- Juvenile fiction | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Schools -- Juvenile fiction | African Americans -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.1.W357 | Sh 2017Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection (JLG.)Summary: When Shai Williams, who plans to become a star on Broadway, loses the lead role in the third-grade musical at her performing arts elementary school in Atlanta, she learns an important lesson about adaptability, from her mother, aunt, and grandmother, all actresses.
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When Shai Williams, who plans to become a star on Broadway, loses the lead role in the third-grade musical at her performing arts elementary school in Atlanta, she learns an important lesson about adaptability, from her mother, aunt, and grandmother, all actresses.

A Junior Library Guild selection (JLG.)

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Gr 1-3-A lighthearted series starter about an aspiring child actress, cowritten by award-winning actress Wallis. Shai is a third grader at a performing arts school in Atlanta, who learns about patience and empathy when new girl Gabby arrives in her class from Hollywood, CA. With her best friend Emmie, Shai helps Gabby fit in and open up, even overcoming her own jealousy when Gabby is cast in a school play role Shai wanted for herself. This is a mild and pleasant tale of relationship ups and downs, with the bonus of a fun musical theater theme. Without becoming preachy, Shai models healthy attitudes and behaviors. The depiction of her loving, African American, middle-class family and diverse group of classmates is welcome. VERDICT A good choice for readers who enjoy character development more than action.-Heidi Rabinowitz, Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Quvenzhané Wallis knows a thing or two about creating memorable characters. For her feature film debut, Beasts of the Southern Wild , she was nominated for an Academy Award. Shortly after, she received a Golden Globe nomination for her work as the title character in Annie . She has also appeared in 12 Years a Slave , The Prophet , and Fathers and Daughters . Quvenzhané is a daughter, a sister, a model, a singer, a dancer, an actress, an author, a student, and a pet owner. She has many talents and is always willing to try something new. She lives in Louisiana with her family. She is the author of the Shai and Emmie series and A Night Out with Mama .

Nancy Ohlin is the author of Consent ; Always , Forever ; and Beauty . She is also the author of the Shai & Emmie series with Quevenzhané Wallis. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Nancy divided her time between there and Ohio. She received a BA in English from the University of Chicago, and she lives in Ithaca, New York, with her family. Learn more at NancyOhlin.com.

Sharee Miller is an illustrator living in Brooklyn. She grew up on the island of St. Thomas before leaving to study at Pratt Institute in New York, where she earned a BFA in illustration. Though she remained in New York, she is still very much inspired by the colors and patterns of St. Thomas. Learn more at ShareeMiller.com.

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