Hester Greene, an 8th grader and budding filmmaker, stars in the new middle-grade novel by Boston College alumna Erin Dionne. In Lights, Camera, Disaster (Levine/Scholastic, 2018), readers meet Hess, whose executive function disorder (think extreme ADHD plus anxiety) makes life hard. But when she is making films, she can focus, make decisions, and have the control she lacks in life. In Lights, Camera, Disaster, Hess faces challenges trying to juggle her grades, a project for the middle school talent show and other commitments, but finds support in teachers and a new friend. Dionne’s book is a Junior Library Guild selection, and has been dubbed “thoughtful” by Kirkus Review, “[with a] a flawed, lovable sympathetic character…readers will root for.” Dionne is the author of several books, including Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking and Notes from an Accidental Band Geek.
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