Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Claim to Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Claim to Fame Claim to Fame by Margaret Peterson Haddix

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Lindsay is a former Hollywood child star who now lives a secluded life in Springdale, Illinois (the middle of nowhere) with her father.  She’s fine with the secluded part; in fact, she prefers it!  When she was 11-years-old, Lindsay developed—quite suddenly—what she refers to as her “talent.”  It’s not an acting talent she’s talking about—it’s the ability to hear everything anyone says about her from anywhere in the world. 

For some strange reason, the house in Springdale can block all of these voices, so Lindsay doesn’t go outside if she can help it.  If she does, she can hear what everyone says about her, and it gets worse when the reruns of her show Just Me and the Kids comes on.  However, when her father suddenly passes away from a heart attack, Lindsay must face the outside world for the first time in five years.

This is a good story!  Lindsay is a very likable character; readers will cheer her on as she deals with the loss of her father and her special “talent.”  Those who enjoyed this book might also enjoy The Princess Plot (Boie).

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