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The Scrambled States of America Talent Show

by Laurie Keller

Published by Henry Holt, 2008
32 pages
ISBN: 9780805079975

Ages 7-10

They’re back! The wacky-minded and fun-loving Scrambled States of America return with a variety show like no other. From performances of boy band “The New States on the Block” (starring New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York) to Pennsylvania’s plunking on the Liberty Bell, and from upper and lower Michigan’s ventriloquist skit to Minnesota the Magnificent’s magic show, the states strut their stuff. Backstage, a crew of states takes care of props and costumes under the management of show director Indiana. Everyone’s part of the production, but the flurry of excitement is having ill effects on Georgia—according to Dr. Globe, who x-rayed her cities and counties, she’s got stage fright. Laurie Keller’s accurate, affable, and original depictions of the states offer readers both a hilarious story and a geography lesson. Witty wisecracks, ingenious asides, and engaging personalities make this a delightful read for those unfamiliar with the Scrambled States and an enjoyable reunion for those who have been waiting for an encore.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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