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Acting Out: Six One-Act Plays, Six Newbery Stars

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun writing exercise, but doesn't always inspire.

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While each play has some really great elements, including a lesson, the majority are uninspiring. "The Bad Room" by Patricia MacLachlan is one of the weaker ones. It follows kids who are routinely sent to detention in the "bad room" and how they learn to ballroom dance when a new teacher comes into the picture. The play lacked real humor or plot and the story is too familiar.

One of the gems, however, is "The Raven" by Sharon Creech. Edgar Allan Poe is a modern teen looking to publish his poems and his agent asks for a number of hilarious changes (Why can't the raven be a happier bird?) that aggravate the poor author. This fast-paced, fun play is definitely worth performing with friends or in class.

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