Books for Children Middle Grade Fiction

Upstaged (Zack Delacruz, Book 3)

By Jeff Anderson (Author)


Format Hardcover


Upstaged (Zack Delacruz, Book 3)

by Jeff Anderson



Barnes and Noble Indiebound
Zack is back—and taking on the school play!
Bah humbug!  Zack Delacruz wants to win the role of Scrooge in Davy Crockett Middle School’s production of A Christmas Carol—and Abhi’s admiration, too. But he’s not the only one trying out for the play. So are José (El Pollo Loco), Marquis, and Janie, who dreams of being all three ghosts. What role will Zack end up playing on stage . . . and in his life? Bowling balls, gurgling stomachs, complete chaos, and quick detective work turn this year’s drama into a spectacular scene that will have actors rising to new heights—literally—and leave readers rolling in the aisles.
“This series installment centers around the school production of A Christmas Carol. Zack isn’t interested in acting but he does want to gain the attention of Abhi, and if it means trying out for the lead in the play, so be it. There is an inclusive cast of characters and a story that will appeal to readers, especially those who love slapstick humor. Zack also deals with family and friendship dynamics, including divorce, though with a light touch. The awkwardness of middle school shines true.” —School Library Journal online

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Jeff Anderson is the author of Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth and Just My Luck (Zack Delacruz: Book 2). A former teacher, Jeff travels to schools across the country to help students discover the joy and power of writing. Find out more about Jeff at or follow him on Twitter @writeguyjeff. He lives in San Antonio, TX.

Andrea Miller is an illustrator and children’s book designer, and graduate of The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She lives with her wife in Philadelphia, PA. You can find her work online at

Pub Date: 11/6/2018

ISBN: 9781454931157

Price: $12.95 / $17.50 CAN

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 192 pages, 15 b-w illus.

Trim: 5.125 x 7.625 Inches

Territories: US/Can/Mexico

Category: Juvenile / Middle Grade Fiction

Age Range: 9 to 13

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

Series: Zack Delacruz