Dial L for Loser (Clique Series #6) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Dial L for Loser (Clique Series #6) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Lisi Harrison
     
 

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Outsiders at Octavian Country Day School know that the only thing harder than breaking into the in-crowd is staying in it. Girls will relate to the social triumphs and cruelties of these middle-school characters.  See more details below

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Outsiders at Octavian Country Day School know that the only thing harder than breaking into the in-crowd is staying in it. Girls will relate to the social triumphs and cruelties of these middle-school characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781417735259
Publisher:
Demco Media
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Clique Series, #6
Edition description:
THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Clique #6: Dial L for Loser

A Clique Novel
By Lisi Harrison

LITTLE BROWN FOR YOUNG READERS

Copyright © 2006 Lisi Harrison
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-316-11504-5


Chapter One

THE WESTCHESTER MALL STARBUCKS Monday, March 2nd 10:30 A.M.

"Ayyy-men!" Alicia hooted.

"Ayyy-men!" echoed the others.

"Jinx!" Claire giggled for the first time since she had been expelled.

The girls looked at one another, then snickered into their palms.

They were wearing what Claire and her best friend, Layne, secretly referred to as "black-tie sweats"-those velvety, two-hundred-dollar tracksuits that Massie described as "casual-cute." Claire, on the other hand, was "casual casual" in a long-sleeved red tee and the nail-polish-stained Citizens of Humanity jeans she'd "borrowed" from OCD's lost and found before Christmas break.

"What?" Her heart started to race. "Don't you say 'jinx' here? Is it a Florida thing? I could teach it to you."

Massie knit her freshly waxed eyebrows. "Silly rabbit, jinx is for kids."

Everyone snickered again.

"Should we tell her?" Alicia asked.

Claire's cheeks warmed.

"Sure, whatevs." Massie shrugged.

"Jinx is so second grade," Alicia explained. "We're all about apple-C now."

"Oh, okay." Claire used her thanks-that-really-clears things- up-for-me tone, hoping they could fast-forward to something that didn't make herfeel like a foreign-exchange student.

Kristen sighed. "Apple-C is the keystroke on a Mac that-"

"I know." Claire suddenly got it. "It's the shortcut for copy, so you say it when someone is copying you." She would have finished with a duh but if jinx was second grade, duh was probably pre-K.

"Moving on." Massie jiggled the mountain of ice inside her plastic cup. "Here's to the Pretty Committee and the endless shopportunities that lie ahead."

"To the Pretty Committee and the endless shopportunities that lie ahead."

The girls clinked, then drank.

"Apple-C!" Claire practically shot out of her seat.

"That was a toast, Kuh-laire." Massie rolled her eyes. "It doesn't count."

"Oh." Claire gulped her hot chocolate, accepting the burn on her tongue as punishment for being so stupid. It had been six months since her family moved from Orlando to Westchester. Six months of living on the Blocks' estate, and six months of proving herself to the Pretty Committee. Finally, Claire was an official member, with an exclusive standing invitation to sleepovers, shopping trips, and five-way calls. But no matter how much fun the girls had together, she would wake up the next morning and need to impress them all over again. It was as if their leave-in conditioners seeped into their hair follicles while they slept and clogged their brains, permanently erasing "cool Claire" from their memories. There had to be something she could do to earn their full-time respect-but what? The more she tried to figure it out, the more elusive the answer became.

"We're living the American dream!" Dylan poked her finger though the creamy swirl on her caramel macchiato.

"Maybe you are," Kristen huffed. "But for me, this is a nightmare." She slammed her complimentary tap water on the table, ignoring the splash.

"I hear ya!" Claire gushed. "This place is so expensive they should call it Sixbucks. I'd much rather be in the OCD cafeteria. I'm over the Westchester."

"Ehmagawd!" Kristen recoiled. "Seriously?"

Claire stiffened, hating herself for saying the wrong thing-again. How could she have expected them to understand that at the mall she was just the new chick with a bad haircut, an empty wallet, and last year's jeans? But at school she was the mysterious outsider who, against all odds, had been accepted into the Pretty Committee. And that made her special.

"That was a joke, right?" Massie looked deep into Claire's eyes, silently urging her to take it all back. "You don't really want to be back at OCD, do you?"

"Of course not." She forced a huge smile. "This ..." She opened her arms and turned to face the mall. "... is a total fantasy!" Claire silently thanked her parents for giving her three years of community theater acting lessons.

"I would love to share said fantasy." Kristen sighed. "But I have to do this." Her biceps twitched as she lifted the black Prada messenger bag the girls had bought her for her twelfth birthday. She turned it upside down and an avalanche of textbooks tumbled out. A History of Western Philosophy, Philosophy Made Simple, Philosophy for Dummies, and The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy were among the titles.

Everyone stared.

"My mom is forcing me to study philosophy until I'm back at school," Kristen explained. "She wants me to figure out the meaning of life so I'll know exactly what I'm throwing away." Her blue eyes began to fill with tears. "Her words, not mine."

"She's probably mad because you lied." Alicia lifted a steaming cup of Sumatra to her glossy, light pink mouth.

Kristen sniffled. "What was I supposed to do? Miss out on our first boy-girl field trip because my parents couldn't afford it? Puh-lease!"

"You told them you were going away with your soccer team, then hopped a bus to Lake Placid." Alicia pinched off a piece of her low-fat blueberry muffin. "And while you were there, you got expelled and lost your scholarship."

"Yeah, I saw that episode," Kristen hissed. "No need for the recap."

Massie put an arm around her and gave her a loving squeeze. "I thought it was very brave."

"Me too." Alicia grinned.

"Same," Dylan added.

Kristen tugged a chunk of her short blond hair. "Why does it seem like I'm the only one who got punished?"

"Because you are," Dylan smirked. "My mom can't be mad at me. This whole thing is her fault. If she hadn't been hooking up with Mr. Myner in Lake Placid, I never would have run away. You guys never would have chased after me, we never would have gotten lost in the woods, and we'd be napping in science lab right now."

"Well, I got punished." Claire slouched. "My dad woke me up at six thirty a.m. this morning and made me shower and get dressed, like I was going to school."

The girls made pouty frowns to show how sorry they felt about Claire having been denied her beauty rest.

"Then," she continued, "at exactly seven thirty I had to go out in the cold and stand by the Range Rover for five minutes and act like I was waiting for Isaac to carpool me."

"Seriously?" Dylan's green eyes were wide with disbelief.

"Yup. And the worst part was ..." Claire pointed to Massie. "... your bedroom light was still off."

Massie accepted a congratulatory round of high fives.

"That's not all." Claire leaned forward. "My dad asked Layne to e-mail me our homework. I have to do it all. Every night! And that's the only time I can use my computer. Which, by the way, he moved into the kitchen."

Everyone gasped.

"But the worst part is, I can't ride my bike to Cam's, and I haven't seen him since Lake Placid." She paused to count on her fingers. "That was five days ago!"

"He's a guy." Alicia tossed her long black hair. "Make him come to you. It's less pathetic."

Claire ignored the jab. "He's not allowed. No visitors until I'm back in school. Not even Layne."

"Well, I can do whatever I want," Massie smirked. "As long as I prove it's educational."

"How is shopping educational?" Kristen asked.

"Figuring out my change is math. And speaking to you is English."

Kristen rolled her eyes.

"If the school board doesn't let us back in, my dad's gonna sue," Alicia announced.

"When are they meeting?" Claire asked eagerly.

"April second."

"They better change their minds." Kristen ripped her crumpled napkin. "Or I'm getting home schooled."

"I don't care if we don't go back." Massie glossed her lips with Baby Aspirin-the latest delivery from Gossip Girl. "I want to try boarding school in Switzerland."

"Me too." Alicia nodded.

"Ehmagawd, same!" Dylan sounded utterly shocked by the coincidence.

"Well, I'll be going to Abner Doubleday Day," Claire moaned.

"Ew!" Alicia gasped. "Public school?"

Claire nodded slowly.

Alicia checked over her shoulder, leaned forward, and whispered, "ADD is full of juvenile delinquents who steal your lunch, then force you to buy it back for a hundred dollars."

The thought of fighting her way to the top-again-made Claire shudder twice.

"They hate private-school girls there. They think we're spoiled."

"What do they know?" Dylan pushed back her cuticles with the corner of her American Express gold card.

"Zzzzzzzz," Massie fake-snored. "Can we puh-lease go shopping now?"

"Given!" Alicia clapped.

"I'll be here studying." Kristen moped. "I'm getting quizzed tonight on Socrates."

"We'll pick you up on our way out." Massie reached into her burgundy leather wallet, pulled out a twenty-dollar bill, and tossed it on the table. "For me, the meaning of life is a Frappuccino and a cinnamon biscotti. Study that."

"Thanks!" Kristen beamed.

The girls pushed back from the table and threw their bags over their shoulders. Claire waved goodbye to Kristen, then followed Massie, Alicia, and Dylan into the bright atrium.

"Let's go to Juicy," Dylan suggested.

"No," Alicia whined. "Neiman's."

"Let's start at BCBG and we'll work our way left,"

Massie insisted. "Don't worry, we won't miss a single store."

Claire stuffed her hands in her empty pockets and yawned. Her parents didn't need to ground her for getting expelled. Being sentenced to a lifetime at the mall was punishment enough.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Clique #6: Dial L for Loser by Lisi Harrison Copyright © 2006 by Lisi Harrison. Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

Lisi Harrison was the Senior Director of Production Development at MTV, Music Television, and was responsible for creating and developing original programming for air on MTV. Ms. Harrison also served as Head Writer for MTV Production and before that she had her own column in JANE Magazine. She lives in New York City and is currently working full time on her seventh Clique novel.

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xobookwormxo More than 1 year ago
Dial L for Loser was one of my favorite books in the Clique. Here's what happens: Dylan scored five tickets for her mother's TV show, and now the Clique gets to spend an exclusive day on the set of The Daily Grind. They meet spunky Abby and nice Hadley, the stars of the new movie Dial L for Loser. But when Hadley finds out Abby's been secretly going out with HER boyfriend, things get a little messy...on set!! Hadley has had enough of Hadley and decides to quit the movie and Daily Grind interview at once. Rupert, the director, meets Massie, Claire, Alicia, Kristen, and Dylan, and wants them to addition for Hadley's role. Massie knows the role is all hers...right? Wrong. What will Massie do when KUH-LAIRE is the star of Dial L for Loser?? I thought that this book was one of the best ones in the series. I recommend this to anyone interested in the Clique books, because it's great! Go Lisi!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was my favorite of the series!! Claire finally was number one and Massie came in second. I thought the book was written great! But of course, you should read them in order. Overall a really great read!!!
Sam11 More than 1 year ago
The girls are cosen to star in a movie called "Dial L for Loser." When Massie realizes that she didn't get the main role and Claire did things get out of hand. The series is definitely excellent!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay,I only got to read the sample but I love it so far! My favorite character has to be Claire because I'm just like her;I'm unique and simple mixed together.I wish Massie,Alicia,Dylan,and Kristen would just give her a freaking chance.They act as if she's been there forever.But,I love Claire and I also love Layne for being a truthful and loyal friend to Claire. Keep up the great work,Lisi!
Cliquegirlzrule More than 1 year ago
I am on this book in the series and let me say they are amazingly well written books!!!!Good job Lisi!! I would love to see and read soo many more movies and books in this series. Can't put these books down. I am a true Clique girls lover!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay so we know that Claire gets the part but that dosent mater to us true clique fans. We just wanna see how Massie gets revenge on her sorry butt. Thats what keeps us fans intrigued Massie and her revenge so this is.not a spoiler this is what any good fan would think after reading this review! Love always, Cliquefan no. 1
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luvvv the Clique Series xcept 4 Claire..... all she wanted 2 do was be excepted by the clique but she ditches her friend layne 4 them which is kinda mean:/ but anyways, the books r super good & massie learns that she doesnt alway comein 1st just cux shes gorg.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrid. I had read all the books in the series until this one. I put my foot down. These books went from entertaining to unreasonable. People that say these books are in the same league as the Gossip Girl series are insane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He lookeda her saying "thankyou"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luh-v it! My fave books in the series are Charmed & Dangerous and The Pretty Committee Strikes Back. I double-dawg heart this series and I would recommend it to awll of you! P.S. LadyLola, is ah-bviously an LBR who has NO CLUE what she's talking about because these books are AH-MAZING. They have LAWTS of emotional worth, BTW. Kuhn-laire get bullied at the beginning and Massie acts like a total...uh...female dawg, but when you get to the end of the series, you get tears in your eyes. Their friendships have strengthened, and become genuine. The plots are interesting and have lawts of twists and turns, and the characters are confident and perfect awn the outside, but if you dig a little deeper, you realize that they're nawt really that shallow. They're just as insecure as you and me. Some girls in these books may seem mean, but if you've read the prequel (Charmed & Dangerous), you see why. Massie was stuck as a beta in a clique at a school with UNIFORMS. She was constantly put down and forced to try and sell good ideas to bad people. So now that she's an alpha, she's scared that that position could slip from her grasp at any moment. That's why she's so mean and controlling sometimes. Hopefully this review helped someone. These books are ah-some, and they really give you a peek at the lives of the most popular, perfect girls in school. Nawt only are they witty and interesting, but you also see that even the seemingly flawless have flaws. Loved these books so much, and I highly recommend them. Xoxo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Massie is a total female dog
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It!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love itttt nice work Lisi!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my reading level but I read them anyway! So creative and fun, and I really wish these girls were real (even if they are mean sometimes)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luv it
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This book was ah-mazing! Massie and Kuh-laire get a chance to go to Hollywood,and Kuh-laire stars in the new movie Dial L for Loser! This book waz gr8! You should totally read it!
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This is one of the clique best books ever.!!!! Claire is getting to exsited over everything though. Also Massie and Alica where talking behind her back they where NOT acting like a good alph
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series to death and by far my fave book in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They mispronounce Massie's name too much. Honestly it's not that hard it's just like it is spelled. Luhv the series otherwise!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOU NEED TO LEARN TO SPELL TOO!!!!!:( From yurs only Clique lover:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the clique series. Its the best.