Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Children's Fiction Special Needs

On Cue

by (author) Cristy Watson

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
Special Needs, Siblings, Theater
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2022
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Can Randi find a way to make it all work out?

Randi wants to be an actress and is excited about practicing her craft in drama class. So she is devastated to learn the program has been cut. When her friends put together a successful proposal to have drama class taught as an extracurricular activity, Randi is thrilled—until reality sinks in. Extracurriculars are scheduled after school, and after school, Randi is expected to take care of her brother, Toby, who is autistic. Will Randi have to choose between her passion and her family?

About the author

CRISTY WATSON is passionate about teaching and writing. She lives near the beach in White Rock, B.C., where she hosts an open mic at her local coffee shop. She is the award-winning author of five other novels Benched, Living Rough, On Cue, Cutter Boy, and Dead to Me. She was a 2017 PNBA Book Award Nominee for On Cue.

Cristy Watson's profile page


  • Short-listed, PNBA Book Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

"Features compelling characters and realistic dialogue."

VOYA Magazine

“Straightforward vocabulary makes the book accessible to a wide range of students, but the text is not so simple that it becomes noticeable...Any youth could find something to relate to in this book...A good text to introduce students to the concept of empathy. Recommended.”

CM Magazine

"Watson's high-low offering is a sensitive look at one sibling's struggle with and sacrifice for her brother...Toby is a well-rounded character...quite satisfying."

Booklist Online

"Well-presented and believable on every level."

Resource Links

Other titles by Cristy Watson

Related lists