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Ages 10 and up. Dial Books for Young Readers, April 2008.
Spin the Bottle by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

The Story: Phoebe Hart, Aspiring Actress, feels lost in the sea of changing bodies and cracking voices of Middle School. She is however, thrilled to join the Drama Club, and drama is what she gets. Enter: a heart-stopping boy-crush, an Unfortunate Digestive Malfunction, a best friend who might not be, and two bloodthirsty Drama Divas. Is it worth all the drama? You be the judge.

The Inspiration: Like Phoebe, I was also cast in a bit part in my middle school production of Guys and Dolls. Several of the unfortunate incidents during performances in SPIN THE BOTTLE actually occurred to me, but I won't tell you which. I played Spin the Bottle exactly once, three decades ago. I'm almost over the post-traumatic stress disorder.


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