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Title :
HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2
(Junior Novel)
Author:
N.B. Grace

Background of the Author :
N.B. Grace is a published author and an editor of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of N.B. Grace include Disney High School Musical 3 Junior Novel (Junior Novelization), Disney High School Musical: Stories From East High #9: Ringin' It In (High School Musical Stories from East High), How to Be More Confident: A Sunscreen Book (Sunscreen), and Get Your Vote On! (Disney High School Musical).

Settings :  
Albuquerque, New Mexico
East High School

Characters :
* Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) is the most popular male student at East High School, and the captain of the varsity basketball team. On New Year's Eve after singing with Gabriella he finds himself having a crush on her. * Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) is one of the braniacs on the scholastic decathlon team. She develops a love for Troy. * Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) is an energetic student interested in theatre as well as being the center of all attention, most particularly, Troy's. * Ryan Evans (Lucas Grabeel) is Sharpay's twin brother.

* Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu) is Troy's best friend, and is very good friends with Jason and Zeke. * Taylor McKessie (Monique Coleman) is Gabriella's best friend. She is captain of the school's Scholastic Decathlon team. * Jack Bolton (Bart Johnson) is Troy's father and the coach of the basketball team. * Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed) is the stern drama teacher at East High. * Kelsi Nielsen (Olesya Rulin) is a student at East High. She is a pianist and composer. * Zeke Baylor (Chris Warren Jr.) is friends with Troy and Chad, and plays for the basketball team. He also enjoys baking. * Jason Cross (Ryne Sanborn) is friends with Troy and Chad, and plays for the basketball team. He also tends to ask silly questions in class. * Martha Cox (Kaycee Stroh) is a peppy braniac who enjoys hip-hop. She is good friends with Gabriella, Taylor, and Kelsi. She may have had a small relationship with Ryan Evans.

Plot :

The school year ends with everyone at East High School looking forward to summer vacation ("What Time Is It"). Troy Bolton is still dating Gabriella Montez, who decides to stay in Albuquerque with her mother. Troy eventually decides to look for a summer job to gain money for college. Sharpay and Ryan Evans plan to spend part of the summer at their family's country club, Lava Springs ("Fabulous"), but Sharpay's summer plans also include pursuing Troy, whom she has arranged to be hired at the club. However, Troy convinces the club's manager, Mr. Fulton, into hiring Gabriella and their close group of friends as well; including Taylor and Chad. Sharpay is enraged upon learning that Gabriella is working as one of the lifeguards but is unable to get her fired so she orders Fulton to give them difficult tasks so they would be best to quit. Fulton attempts to intimidate the group but Troy rebuilds their confidence and convinces them that they can persevere ("Work This Out"). Troy continues to worry about funding for college. Sharpay senses his need and arranges for Troy to be promoted, hoping that this will convince him to sing with her at the talent show. Meanwhile, Kelsi writes a ballad for Troy and Gabriella. Troy agrees to sing with his friends in the show ("You Are The Music In Me"), not knowing that Sharpay is vying for his attention. (In the extended version, Sharpay and Ryan trap Troy as he prepares for a date with Gabriella, and perform their potential show stopper ("Humuhumunukunukuapua'a").) Ryan realizes he does not mean much to Sharpay anymore, as she is ready to blow her brother aside for the opportunity to perform with Troy. This leads to tension between the twin siblings and Ryan angrily informs Sharpay that he will no longer obey her orders. Taylor and Gabriella invite Ryan to the baseball game, where he persuades the Wildcats to take part in the...
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