Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Teen review: Contemporary fiction

Dream Factory
by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
250 pages
Contemporary fiction, recommended for grades 7 up

Reviewed by Kayla, grade 10

Disneyland is on strike! Or at least the people who play the Disney characters in the park are. After a scramble to find new “actors,” many high schoolers are hired for a so-called internship. Ella is ironically cast as Cinderella, and she meets Mark, who is cast as Prince Charming. It only seems natural and normal that they should be together, but normal is not a word that could be used to describe Ella. The cast is sent on a scavenger hunt to get to know the park better, and everyone is paired with an unusual partner. Ella, for example, is paired with Luke, who plays Dale (of chipmunks Chip and Dale fame). They need to get to know the park, but in actuality they must get to know each other first. But will getting to know each other bring on some unexpected feelings between Cinderella and Dale?

This book had a great plot that had some unexpected turns in it. It also had some cool facts about Disneyland, and I got to see the park as I’d never seen it before. I could relate to the characters also, because they were high school students trying to figure out what they needed do next. I definitely did not want to put this book down! I highly recommend it to all people, but especially to those who love all things Disney.

I rate this book as a 5.

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