Here's How I See It--Here's How It Is
By Heather Henson
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416949015, 288pp.)
Publication Date: April 28, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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here's how i see it
Rave reviews, an endless request for autographs, my name in lights on Broadway.
here's how it is
The audience is half empty, I spend zero time onstage, my dad's midlife crisis is about to ruin the playhouse...and my family.
Junebug dreams of being a leading lady someday. A serious actress, a stage actress, a real actress. And it should be easy for her to get her start -- her parents own the Blue Moon Playhouse, after all, and her dad performed on Broadway (once). But the truth is, at (almost) thirteen, she's not even a supporting actress or a stand-in or an understudy or even a child actor has-been. In the current Blue Moon production, her role is this: thunder, props...and stagehand (gopher, actually). And lately it seems like maybe the stagehand mindset -- go unnoticed, don't say a word -- is rubbing off on Junebug's personality. She's starting to feel as though her opinions never count, her worries aren't taken seriously, that she's becoming the ultimate stagehand: invisible. And that's not a role she's happy with.
From author and former playhouse insider Heather Henson comes a novel about growing up, standing out, and what it means to live your life just outside of the spotlight.
Heather Henson grew up in Kentucky and recently returned to her home state after spending many years in Brooklyn, New York, where she worked as an editor of children's books and a freelance writer. She now lives on a farm with her husband, Tim and three children, and is the author of several picture books and novels, including That Book Woman.
"Alternating Junebug's fantasies ("Here's how I see it: As a famous Broadway actress, there are so many demands on my time") with her more mundane reality ("Here's how it is: Office Duty"), Henson creates a funny, bittersweet story filled with colorful personalities and plenty of backstage detail and drama." -- Publishers Weekly
"Age-appropriate dialogue and a likeable ensemble cast are set against a backdrop of the theater -- creating a perfect stage for this tale of finding one's way amid an unscripted life. Even reluctant readers will keep turning pages to see if all's well that ends well." -- BookPage