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Dustin Grubbs: One Man Show by John J. Bonk

Dustin Grubbs: One Man Show

by John J. Bonk

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Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

If you are looking for a fun read that will make you laugh, then DUSTIN GRUBBS: ONE-MAN SHOW by John J. Bonk is an act you shouldn't miss.

Dustin is a sixth grade thespian (actor) who has comedy and a thirst for performing in his blood. But don't tell his mom, since she says his dad's dream of being on stage is what caused the divorce nearly three years ago. One night he left for a gig, and Dustin hasn't heard from him since.

Dustin is not only the director of the school play, but has also landed the lead role. Performance day arrives and everything that can go wrong does, including major damage to the school's baby grand piano. The principal is holding Dustin and his favorite teacher, Miss Honeywell, responsible for finding a way to raise funds to repair the damage.

When Jeremy Jason Wilder, a famous teen actor, moves to his school, casting him in a small part seems to be the perfect solution to their financial dilemma. They could charge for the play and Dustin would have his moment in the spotlight performing to a full house. But Jeremy has his own secret that could stop the show. His arrival sets events in motion that could even cost Dustin his best friend, Wally.

John J. Bonk's amazing wit drives this book, from naming characters Pepper and LMNOP, to referring to ice water as "Adam's Ale, extra hale." Mr. Bonk creates the most amazing scenarios. This is a feel-good book that will have you laughing even after the last page is turned. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 10, 2009 |
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Maybe wanting to be an actor is kind of an ambitious career goal for an 11-year-old, but this doesnt stop Dustin Grubbs. He refuses to accept defeat, like when the school play hes assistant directing and starring in, The Castle of The Crooked Crowns, seems doomed to failure at every turn. Then Jeremy Jason Wilder, international star of Dustins favorite sitcom Double Take, moves to Buttermilk Falls. Can Dustin keep his cool, or will Jeremy steal the show? Packed with hysterical one-liners, Dustin Grubbs: One Man Show is the story of a sixth-grader with big dreams, lots of insecurities, and wacky characters that will have middle grade readers slapping themselves silly!

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A sixth-grader, who longs to see his name in lights, recounts life at Buttermilk Falls Elementary in preparation for the school drama production.

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