Summer in the City
by Hyman, Fracaswell






Recruited to play the lead in a middle school theater production that her drama teacher will direct on a New York City stage, Mango moves into her aunt's Brooklyn apartment for the summer, where her opportunities are overshadowed by homesickness and insecurity. Simultaneous eBook.





Fracaswell &;Cas&; Hyman is an award-winning television writer (Humanitas Prize, Alma Award, Peabody Award) and screenwriter (UCLA Extension Best Screenplay winner.) He is also a playwright, theater and television director, and producer who has created and executive produced successful live-action (The Famous Jett Jackson, Romeo, Taina) and animated (Little Bill) television series for Disney and Nickelodeon. Cas lives with his family in Wilmington, NC, and can be found online at fracaswellhyman.com and on Instagram @fracaswell.
 





Mango Delight is enjoying summer vacation and riding the success of her starring role in the annual school play, when her favorite teacher, Bob, stops by her apartment one day with exciting news-he is leaving school to produce Yo, Romeo! in New York and wants her to star in the summer production. In New York, Mango stays with her zany Aunt Zendaya and meets a cast of characters with personalities as big as the city where they live. For Mango, this is the opportunity of a lifetime, but she must learn to cope with being away from her family. When the success she experiences does not include her friends, Mango also experiences the challenges of being true to their friendship while not losing her voice. Fans of Hyman's first book, Mango Delight (2017), will enjoy the further adventures of his titular character as she works to make her dreams come true. Readers looking for books with diverse characters and a strong female protagonist will also enjoy this title. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Mango Delight's summer takes a detour when she is asked to star in an off-off-off-Broadway musical in New York City. Mango, a 12 ½-year-old black girl, is just about to settle into her summer vacation routine, babysitting her toddler brother and hanging out with her best friend, when the director of the school musical she starred in in her eponymous debut (2017) invites her to star in the same play—but this time with professional actors in NYC. Once her parents give permission, Mango must contend with her own fears and homesickness, and she faces obstacles including obnoxious co-stars, a case of imposter syndrome, and long-distance fights with her best friend. And the boy she likes is staying in the city too, which makes things even more exciting—and confusing. Mango is a very imperfect, sympathetic protagonist whose humorous perspective is fun to share as she stumbles from one adventure to another, trying to stay true to herself in the process; she peppers her narration with text-message transcripts. Believable secondary characters and lighthearted middle school angst make thi s journey worth the ride, but Mango's fascination with white beauty standards detracts a bit from the fun storyline. Mango's Jamaican dad is a chef trying to get a catering company off the ground while her mom, who has a prosthetic leg, works at Target in order to afford the family's insurance. Readers will swallow this book whole, appetites whet for the next installment. (Fiction. 11-13) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





Mango Delight's summer takes a detour when she is asked to star in an off-off-off-Broadway musical in New York City. Mango, a 12 ½-year-old black girl, is just about to settle into her summer vacation routine, babysitting her toddler brother and hanging out with her best friend, when the director of the school musical she starred in in her eponymous debut (2017) invites her to star in the same play—but this time with professional actors in NYC. Once her parents give permission, Mango must contend with her own fears and homesickness, and she faces obstacles including obnoxious co-stars, a case of imposter syndrome, and long-distance fights with her best friend. And the boy she likes is staying in the city too, which makes things even more exciting—and confusing. Mango is a very imperfect, sympathetic protagonist whose humorous perspective is fun to share as she stumbles from one adventure to another, trying to stay true to herself in the process; she peppers her narration with text-message transcripts. Believable secondary characters and lighthearted middle school angst make thi s journey worth the ride, but Mango's fascination with white beauty standards detracts a bit from the fun storyline. Mango's Jamaican dad is a chef trying to get a catering company off the ground while her mom, who has a prosthetic leg, works at Target in order to afford the family's insurance. Readers will swallow this book whole, appetites whet for the next installment. (Fiction. 11-13) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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