Not recommended.4th to 6th grade level The book is about a girl who is so passionate about drama, she does not realize that she is not the only one with the talent.which is then eaten by Wormy, the family dog that she dislikes.Zaritza eventually gets credit for her math assignment, so gets to try out for the play.In fact, she hates it, but sees it as a way to gain extra credit for that missing math homework. When she doesn't get the role she feels she was born to play, Zaritza is initially angry. This has been nominated for the Cybils and I had already purchased it for my library. Zaritza is a drama queen and fully expects to be cast in the role of Calamity Jane in a school production. This has been nominated for the Cybils and I had already purchased it for my library. Zaritza is a drama queen and fully expects to be cast in the role of Calamity Jane in a school production. She promises to watch the class ferret and make up her work over break but then the ferret eats her homework (what little she had done).She even frames the ferret for eating the homework only to discover, too late, that she's expected to redo it. However, she uses her natural drama ability to its best effort and ends up learning to love ferrets and gaining a friend. If it is Wain, he was hardly at the house at all and certainly not when the ferret was stealing the homework. Problem is she has go Can I tell you first that the cover annoys me? If it is Wain, he was hardly at the house at all and certainly not when the ferret was stealing the homework. The first half of the book is all about how she struggles to finally get caught up in math.Jennings has created an entirely believable 11-year-old drama queen who just walks right off the page, and one who I really didn't like at all for much of the book. Zaritza has a complicated life- a little baby sister, a cranky mom, an over the top dad and math homework. So much math homework that she's in danger of being kept out of the fifth grade play unless she gets it turned in.She's entirely self-centered and scheming, full of herself and full of drama in equal measure.She ho Zaritza has agreed to take care of the class ferret, Bandito, even though she hates the animal and thinks he smells.She hopes to get the part of Calamity Jane, but that part goes to Eden.Zaritza decides that she'll try to steal the show as in her bit part, but keeps running afoul of everyone from her mother (who is cranky because she is at home with Zaritza's small sister) to her classmates.Eventually, she makes some peace with her situation and helps Eden with the part, and comes to like Bandito as well.