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I Got You Babe

by (author) Paul Coccia

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Music, Friendship
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

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This year’s fun fair will have a Pride Carnival theme and twelve-year-old Mac couldn’t be more excited.

Mac convinces his best friend, Amy, to do a Sonny and Cher drag number. He has their outfits all planned out, right down to the bellbottoms and fur vests. And he wants their performance to be perfect too so he pushes Amy to rehearse every day. Every step, every wave of the hand, every lyric has to be spot on. But Amy has had enough—the day before the event, she reveals that she never wanted to be Sonny. Why can’t she be Cher? Mac refuses to even consider it. There can only be one diva! With no time to recast, Mac plans to go solo. But he's miserable without his best friend. Can the two of them patch things up in time?

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read! The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About the author

Paul Coccia is the author of The Player and the bestselling Orca Soundings title Cub, which was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. He has an MFA in creative writing from UBC and lives in Toronto with his family.


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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“This fun and fast-paced novel with the warmth of community, teamwork, and cooperation at its heart will leave you singing Cher’s iconic songs for days… I Got You Babe shines a spotlight on the themes of community and cooperation, [revealing] how… with friends, family, and community at their back, anyone can step out from the background and shine.”

Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Canadian Children’s Book News

“A nicely-paced middle-grade novel, [with] characters who are exaggerated enough to make them likeable and amusing. Highly Recommend.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A sweet, retro-infused text that deftly holds space for all. Ideal for bored theater kids or shy students who desire to shine.”

School Library Journal (SLJ)

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