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Please Be My Star

A wonderfully fun and unique reimagining of The Phantom of the Opera as a teen rom-com set in high school!

Erika knows that people find her weird and off-putting. Instead of making friends, she finds solace in talking to herself and obsessing over handsome actors and pop stars. When she starts attending a new school, her loneliness takes on a life of its own and she develops a new obsession: the cutest boy in her theater class, Christian. For some reason, Christian is kind to her and even agrees to star in the play that she wrote for him, and Erika starts to find a creative voice that might lead to new friendship and romance. But the more time Erika spends with Christian, the more she wonders what he sees in a creep like her. Can Erika somehow write her way into the center of her own heartfelt love story? Or does Christian have an ending of his own in mind?

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Victoria Grace Elliott

Victoria Grace Elliott (she/her) is a queer Southern illustrator and comic artist. Her debut middle grade nonfiction graphic novel, Yummy: A History of Desserts (Random House Graphic) and the stand-alone follow-up, Tasty: A History of Yummy Experiments (Random House Graphic) featured her love of sharing history and interesting facts—as well as sweets! Please Be My Star is a romantic YA retelling of Phantom of the Opera and is coming out from Scholastic/Graphix in 2024. Victoria is also the creator of the webcomic Balderdash! or, a tale of two witches.

She lives in Austin, Texas and can be found online at vgeportfolio.com.

Victoria is represented by Chelsea Eberly.

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