The Capybara Conspiracy: A Novel in Three Acts

192p. ebook available. Knopf. Oct. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399551710; lib. ed. $19.99. ISBN 9780399551727.
Gr 4–6—Perl's latest offers the perfect opportunity for a reader's theater program. Seventh grader Olive is tired of feeling left out at school because she prefers acting in the drama club rather than playing a sport. Her school is so sports crazy that the principal never acknowledges any of the other clubs during the morning announcements. Olive decides it's time to take action and embarks on a game plan to ensure that her drama club and other groups at school get the attention they deserve. This is a perfect read for fans of Louis Sachar and Andrew Clements who like comedic protagonists who take action when they feel their rights have been violated. Olive provides the perfect role model for middle schoolers.
VERDICT A delightful read that begs to be performed aloud.

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