This is my latest book! The gorgeous cover is by Mariya-Racquel Amato, a fabulously talented young illustrator from the United States.
The girls of St Mary’s High School are desperate for a part in the Christmas play. Especially Emmy, who wants to be
a movie star some day.
There is just one problem: nearly all the parts are male. Mr Derren is in charge and he will only give them to boys.
Inspired by the Suffragettes, the girls begin a protest that turns them famous overnight. But being a celebrity... is it a dream or a nightmare? Emmy is about to find out.
Here's a bit from the book. It's the opening night of the show, but Emmy has fallen ill...
‘Oh, Em!’ says Mum when she sees my face. ‘Sweetheart! You look like a skull.’ This is true. My skin is deathly pale and my eyes are lost in two dark shadows. ‘You need a bit of make up. Sit down.’
Mum fetches me another cup of boiled water then starts to do my face. ‘How are you feeling?’
‘Not so bad,’ I tell her, but it’s a lie. I feel as sick as a pig. I take a deep breath and try to keep calm. There a sob somewhere in my chest. I can feel it. It’s so hard, it hurts. If I don’t stay calm, it will punch its way out.
I can’t believe this is happening. After everything I’ve been through... The worrying and bullying... The mobbing in the superstore. Learning and rehearsing...
My hopes and dreams are falling apart like cheap shoes.
And now tears are filling my eyes and I can’t stop them. I hear the sob as it claws its way out. ‘It’s not fair,’ I wail. ‘It’s not fair. I’ve worked so hard and I feel so bad.’
Mum takes my head in her hands. ‘What do you want to do? Are you too bad to go?’
I don’t know. I suddenly see Robbie Flynn outside the toilets, pretending to puke on the front row of the audience. Can you imagine doing that? I’d never live it down. Never. I’d be Emily Who Threw Up on Everyone forever.
‘Shall I ring them and say you’re not coming?’
‘No!I have to go, Mum.’
She smiles. ‘The show must go on, eh?’