Lights, Camera, Disaster

by Erin Dionne

Arthur A. Levine Books
April 2018

Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

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.
Erin Dionne

Erin Dionne is the author of six other books for kids, including Lights, Camera, Disaster, The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet, and Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking. Erin loves action movies, especially Star Wars and The Avengers. Wonder Woman is her favorite superhero. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, two kids, and a very disgruntled dog. Visit her online at


--- - ! "RIGHT NOW

I might puke.

The panic-ants swarm around my body, and I can barely stay in my seat. There's no way I am going to live through this.

I scoot out of my row and stand by the emergency exit door. A light breeze blows in around the frame. I breathe. Keep breathing.

Maybe it'll be okay.

And then, the projector comes to life and the soft guitar builds through the speakers, and the title slides in from the top of the screen:


It's my movie. On a big screen.

I might puke, after all.


You want to know how I got here?

Well, it's kind of a long story. Let's--


\t-\tHanding Miss Vogel the memory stick
\t-\tMom and Dad in the office
\t- \tHiding in the closet, crying
\t-\tMs. Walker frowning, handing me the test
\t-\tMy blue elbow
\t-\tWatching JAWS
\t-\tReading the MK Nightshade website
\t-\tStressing about--




ISBN: 9781338134087

272pp. | 5-½ x 8-¼