Cover image for Speechless in New York
Speechless in New York
Dreyer, Ellen.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Four corners, [2000]

Physical Description:
121 pages ; 23 cm.
Members of the Prairie Youth Chorale fly from Chicago to New York City to sing at a youth chorus festival in this story with an appended nonfiction guide to sites of interest to school children.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.1 4.0 117987.
Geographic Term:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
X Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

On Order



When Jessie Witt comes to New York with the Prairie Youth Chorale, she expects to have a glorious time singing and sightseeing. A few nightmares get in the way, like missing luggage, a stuck-up soprano and a sore throat that won't quit. Find out what Jessie does to get to the best of New York. Jessie gives the scoop on all her favorite places in a special map and guide to New York.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-In the first title, Eliza makes a journey of self-discovery during her adventures in Australia. Hauled "down under" against her will as a result of her mother's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to report on the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, she is determined to be miserable. However, making friends with the cute boy next door and delving into local mermaid lore quickly distract her. The teen's homesickness and unhappiness ebb as she envisions a future in this ocean-side community. In New York, a mildly entertaining tale of "finding one's voice," 14-year-old Jessie flies with the Prairie Youth Chorale from Minnesota to New York to sing at Lincoln Center. While the others are enjoying the sights and sounds of the city, she is busy worrying. Her luggage is missing; her friend Mike is acting strangely; and she is suffering from a rotten, performance-threatening cold. To top it all off, Kendra, the gifted and incredibly annoying diva of the group, is giving her a hard time. Despite the limited character development and thin, predictable plots, these books may find an audience with readers who enjoy short, formulaic series. They have just enough adventure and romance to be palatable, and they include interesting facts and descriptions of the featured cities. Maps and annotated guides to points of interest, complete with hours of operation and Web addresses, are appended.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Dream Come True?p. 9
Chapter 2 I'll Take Manhattanp. 15
Chapter 3 Stepping Outp. 30
Chapter 4 No Bones About Itp. 40
Chapter 5 A Surprising Visitp. 48
Chapter 6 Speechless in New Yorkp. 58
Chapter 7 Big Chinatown and Little Italyp. 71
Chapter 8 A Break in the Cloudsp. 80
Chapter 9 Discovered by a Divap. 88
Chapter 10 Take the F Trainp. 97
Chapter 11 Sing a New York Songp. 110
A PYC Guide to New Yorkp. 117
Mapp. 128