Erin Dionne
Lights, Camera, Disaster

Book Cover A budding filmmaker with executive function disorder figures out how to become the director of her own life in this funny, relatable middle-grade novel from Erin Dionne.

Hester Greene loves making movies. With her camera in hand, she can focus, make decisions, and have the control she lacks in life, where her executive function disorder (think extreme ADHD plus anxiety) sabotages her every move.

But middle school is not a movie, and if her last-ditch attempt to save her language-arts grade—and her chance to pass eighth grade, period—doesn't work, Hess could lose her friends, her year, even her camera. It will take more than a cool training montage to get her life together, but by thinking outside the frame, she just might craft a whole new ending.

Written partially in script form, with STOP/PAUSE/PLAY/REWIND moments throughout, this laugh-out-loud story will speak to any budding filmmaker, or unintentional troublemaker, in every act of their lives.

Praise for Erin Dionne's Lights, Camera, Disaster:

Selection, Junior Library Guild

“Through Hester’s thoughtful first-person narration, structured with ‘fast forward,’ ‘pause,’ and ‘resume play’ asides, Dionne creates a flawed, lovable, sympathetic character who, thanks to her support network, is ultimately able to become ‘the director of [her] own story.’ Readers will root for and relate to Hester.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Erin Dionne's Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting:

Nominee, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award (2015)

"A well-choreographed romp starring an engaging protagonist who richly deserves his turn in the spotlight." —Kirkus Reviews

"A cast of likable campers, each with his or her own quirks, drive this fast-paced adventure." —Booklist

Praise for Erin Dionne's Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking:

Iowa State Teen Book Award (2016-2017)
Nominee, Volunteer State Book Award (2015)
Nominee, Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award (2014)
Nominee, Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award (2014)
Selected, Dedham MA Reads Together (2014)
Selected, Groton MA town reads program (2014)

"Aptly nicknamed Moxie is a smart, spunky, street-savvy protagonist . . . Plot and character drive this lively book. Teens will like Moxie and Ollie for their believable adolescent responses and admire them for their sophisticated Internet skills and geocaching expertise" —Booklist

"This fast-paced, National Treasure–style mystery puts an imaginative spin on the real story behind the infamous theft of several masterpieces from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 . . . Moxie narrates the breathless, action-packed tale in a humorous first person, maintaining the suspense almost to the end." —Kirkus Reviews

". . . the believable dialogue and characters, complicated family dynamics, and threat of danger make this mystery hard to put down."
Publisher's Weekly

"[B]reathless thrill-ride" —School Library Journal

Category: Middle Grade Fiction (Ages 9-13)
Length: 272 pages (hc)
Publication Date: March 2018 (hc)


World rights, Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic US

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Photo Credit: Aran Gilmore

ERIN DIONNE is the author of five middle-grade novels, which have been nominated for multiple state awards and featured in major media. She does multiple school and Skype visits every year in support of these titles. She’s also an associate professor of Liberal Arts at Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts. When she’s not writing or teaching, she’s having dance parties with her kids or managing the expectations of their disgruntled family dog. You can visit her website at www.erindionne.com or follow her on Twitter at @erindionne.