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Props are important, and so is making thunder and closing curtains. Junebug takes these jobs very seriously: The Blue Moon is a serious playhouse, and her parents’ pride and joy. But lately the stagehand mindset—go unnoticed, don’t say a word, be as invisible as you can—is applying to Junebug’s life offstage as well. And that’s not a role she’s happy with.

As Junebug starts speaking up—about her sister’s ego, about the weird kid on staff, about her mom’s abrupt departure, and about her father’s new leading lady—she begins to realize that it’s hard to work without a script...and that sometimes scenes play out in ways that aren’t intended.

Photo Credit: Tim Ungs

Heather Henson lives on a farm in Kentucky with her husband and three children, and is the author of several critically acclaimed picture books and novels, including the Christopher Award–winning That Book Woman and Dream of Night.

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