Girl vs. Superstar (Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series #1)

Girl vs. Superstar (Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series #1)

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by Robin Palmer
     
 

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Sixth grade is hard enough for Lucy B. Parker, but it gets so much worse when her mom announces that she's going to marry Laurel Moses's dad. Yes, that Laurel Moses-the TV-movie-music star who makes Hannah Montana look like some random kid from the sticks. Suddenly, Lucy's life is turned upside down and sideways. All Lucy wants to do is get through the day without… See more details below

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Sixth grade is hard enough for Lucy B. Parker, but it gets so much worse when her mom announces that she's going to marry Laurel Moses's dad. Yes, that Laurel Moses-the TV-movie-music star who makes Hannah Montana look like some random kid from the sticks. Suddenly, Lucy's life is turned upside down and sideways. All Lucy wants to do is get through the day without totally embarrassing herself too much, but that's hard to do when you're the less-pretty, less-talented not-quite sister of a mega superstar.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin for the Center of Childrens Books
Lucy's enjoyably individual in her slightly weird way, and there’s lively humor in her narration and activities.
Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Lucy B. Parker is trying to survive sixth grade despite having just been friend-dumped by her BFFs and being humiliated several times in their presence. She has no real friends and does not know where she fits in. Now she finds out that her mom is dating Laurel Moses' father and she is forced to be friendly to the most perfect and popular girl on the planet (think Miley Cyrus.) But when Lucy gets lost in New York City there is only one person she can call. Laurel in turn confesses some of her own fears and problems and the girls call a truce, making the world just a little brighter for them both. Each chapter starts with Lucy pouring her heart out in a letter to Dr. Maude, a TV psychologist, begging for advice which she often discovers for herself in the following pages, which is good because Dr. Maude never answers! Lucy is a likeable and charming character, full of humor and heart like a Junie B. Jones for the tween set. Palmer channels Judy Blume with discussions of periods and bras galore, though the tone is lighter. Younger girls will sympathize with Lucy's fascination and confusion on both subjects while older readers will chuckle at her ignorance. This is a perfect read for tween girls going through life changes, biological or otherwise. Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
Gr 5–7—Lucy B. Parker, 12, is having a difficult time. Her best friend dumps her, she still hasn't gotten her period, and her mom insists that she wear a bra. Just when things can't get any worse, her mom announces that she's going to marry the father of Laurel Moses, a TV-music-movie star (think Hannah Montana) who happens to hate Lucy's guts. That makes Lucy nothing but the less-pretty, less-talented stepsister of the most famous girl in the world. Gradually Lucy discovers that being a superstar isn't as glamorous and validating as she'd imagined. Palmer does a great job of showing the glitter of stardom as well as the downsides of fame. In the end, the girls learn that being friends and having family you can count on is worth more than any amount of celebrity. It's gratifying that Lucy and Laurel both experience significant attitude changes while also retaining the core of their personalities. Readers will relate to the lessons learned, but they aren't preachy or in-your-face. The writing is easy to follow, and this book will definitely be enjoyed by preteens who long for Laurel's glamorous life, while also appreciating with Lucy's stable home.—Wendy E. Dunn, Fort Worth Public Library, TX
Kirkus Reviews
Getting dumped by her two best friends isn't how Lucy wanted to start sixth grade. Now she's stuck being best friends with one of the most annoying girls in school. She thinks her life couldn't get worse, but then her mom announces that she's dating Alan, whose 14-year-old daughter, Laurel, is a famous TV and recording star. Laurel is no BFF replacement. She's germophobic and obsessive-compulsive. Laurel and Lucy eventually bond over being friend-dumped, and their relationship becomes friendly if not sisterly. Their parents' marriage and move from Lucy's small hometown in Massachusetts to New York City creates a new set of challenges. Learning her way around the city is a battle by itself, never mind starting a new school and making new friends. Through all her life's mortifications (and this novel gives her a lot), Lucy keeps an upbeat attitude and sense of humor without coming off as sickly sweet in her first-person narration. Many girls will also sympathize with Lucy's neuroses over starting her period. The first in what promises to be a series of light yet heartfelt adventures. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101537084
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Series:
Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
267,059
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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