Dara Palmer’s Major Drama
Drama class teaches Dara that being a great actress (and a great person) is all about learning how to put herself in someone else’s shoes. Seeing things from a new perspective, Dara becomes a better sister to Georgia (her sister who is adopted from Russia, that she doesn’t get along with at all) and to her friend Vanna (who is adopted from the same orphanage as Dara.) When Vanna visits Cambodia to find out more about her heritage, Dara learns more about herself as well and is inspired to teach the school and the world the importance of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and that Cambodians deserve the spotlight just as much as anyone else!
Dara can come off a bit bratty at times, but her dramatic personality is so over the top it’s usually just flat out hilarious. All in all the book is funny, sweet, and definitely worth a read for any kid who aspires to act or anyone who feels like they’re at a disadvantage because they’re adopted or they look different than their classmates. It’s also filled with awesome doodles!
The author does a really great job of handling adoption and expressing all the ways it can be totally confusing and make things a little hard – Dara sometimes didn’t understand why her parents loved her unconditionally because she’s not their daughter by blood or felt like she was betraying her family by showing an interest in her Cambodian heritage. It’s definitely not an easy thing to deal with, especially finding out that your life before your current life wasn’t so great.
All in all, “Dara Palmer’s Major Drama” is a teaspoonful of cute, and we think you guys will love it! Click here for even more awesome book recommendations!