Gr 3-5--Allie Finkle is back again and this time her challenge is winning the lead in her elementary school class play, Princess Penelope in the Realm of Recycling. Unfortunately, several other girls in the class want to play the lead, including Allie's best friend Sophie (who really does look like a princess) and a supremely self-centered girl who is sure she will get the role. Allie secretly practices to audition for Princess Penelope and is very disappointed when she gets the role of the Evil Queen, but at least Sophie will be the princess. While dealing with the complexities of friendship and putting on a play, Allie is basking in the fact that her mother is practically a celebrity because she is the new movie reviewer for a popular local cable show. Allie eventually decides to make the most of her role and realizes that she can win over an audience with comedy. Tara Sands narrates Meg Cabot's novel (Scholastic, 2009), giving the characters distinct voices that reflect their personalities. Fans of the series will love this episode.--Teresa Wittmann, Westgate Elementary School, Edmonds, WA[Page 60]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.