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book with puppetsHOW TO STAGE A CATASTROPHE (Capstone, 2017) is Rebecca’s debut middle-grade novel.

Sidney Camazzola plans to be the director of the Juicebox Theater when he grows up. For now, he handles the props, his best friend Folly works the concession stand, and his sister May hangs out in the spotlight. But the theater is in danger of closing, and the kids know they need a plan to save it–and fast. When they join a local commerce club to earn money, Sid and Folly uncover some immoral business practices, and it gives them a great idea for saving the theater. That is, if you can call extortion a great idea. Their crazy scheme is the production Sid was born to direct. But can they pull it off?


Sid’s first-person, fourth-wall–breaking narration, full of amusing similes and asides, carries the day. Conspiratorial theatrics and all-around good fun.–Kirkus Reviews

Full of quirky fun, this middle-grade debut is given a three-act structure and peppered with witty asides and comments from Sidney about the process of theater making. An ideal introduction for budding thespians.–Booklist

 Donnelly grips readers from the first sentence with Sidney Camazzola’s lively, distinctive, and — most of all — funny voice. This debut novel offers action, drama, and mystery in a page-turning adventure worthy of the stage.–Megan Frazer Blakemore, author of THE WATER CASTLE and THE FIREFLY CODE
To read or not to read…is not even a question when it comes to How to Stage a Catastrophe. Enjoy your front row seat as Sidney Camazzola and his quirky cast put on the show of a lifetime. Funny and sweet – this Catastrophe’s a hit!–Casey Lyall, author of HOWARD WALLACE, P.I.
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Genre: contemporary middle-grade
ISBN 978-1-62370-807-8 (paper over board)
ISBN 978-1-62370-808-5 (reflowable ebook)
Also available in library binding & ebook PDF

A Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce title (American Booksellers Association)

A Spring/Summer 2017 Kids’ Indie Next Pick (American Booksellers Association)

School Library Journal Sneak Peek pick for Spring/Summer 2017

What booksellers are saying about How to Stage a Catastrophe:

A heartwarming ode to the power of community, theater, and most
especially community theater! Aspiring director Sidney makes for a unique
narrator who surrounds himself with a cast of quirky and inspiring
How to Stage a Catastrophe is a delightfully old-fashioned,
let’s-put-on-a-show story that still feels firmly grounded in the realities of today and will
leave you smiling from ear to ear.
-Bill Grace, Buttonwood Books & Toys (Cohasset, MA)

In How to Stage a Catastrophe you are given a backstage
pass to Sidney’s world in Hatahatchee.  He is a director at heart and
readers get a front row seat to his struggle to keep his dream alive.  We
need books like this on our shelves in our homes!
-Wyatt Wegrzyn, Bookworks (Albuquerque, NM)

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Available on IndieBound & Amazon