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

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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 ...

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

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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.

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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.
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
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
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: 9780142415009
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Series: Yours Truly, Lucy B. Parker Series , #1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,396,693
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1080L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Palmer grew up in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and graduated from Boston University before she hit the road for Hollywood. Starting as an assistant in the television literary department of the William Morris Agency, she quickly moved up the ranks and spent the next decade as a literary agent, producer, and television network executive at Lifetime Television, where she developed over one hundred scripts and oversaw the production of over thirty of the cable network's original movies. In 2001, she remembered that she had originally intended to spend her life either as a writer or a toll booth collector (so she could indulge her penchant for spending her days alone reading), but as there are no toll roads in southern California, she decided to give the writing thing a try. Since then, she's written everything from screenplays to essays to a novel to a preschool guide. Although she's constantly threatening to move, she currently resides in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2011

    Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

    This was the best book i ever read. It was so good that all my friends barrowed it from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2011

    High recommended - 5th graders

    My daughter really enjoys this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!!!!

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This book is pretty good, but it is nothing compared to this AM

    This book is pretty good, but it is nothing compared to this AMAZING series!!! But you kind of have to read this one since it starts everything! The plot is unlike anything else and is exceptional! It is an easy enough level to understand as well as an appropriate length for the most common audience. I couldn't find ONE THING wrong with this book or series no matter how hard I tried!!!!!!!!!!! ( I included this amazing book as a recommendation because it also deals with celebrity meet average person... Just be prepared with boxes of Kleenex!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Looks good!

    I think l will love the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Great

    This book is realativly good. (Sorry if their are any spelling errors)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    Great!!!

    This is a great book, i as a kid, loved it...some of it was a little confusing but I read it again and understood it completly!!!Overall it was a FANTASTIC book!!!I highly recomend it to anyone!!!:) <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    You really have to read this book!

    I loved reading this book and I recommend it for any girl dealing with teenage problems. I like how this book shows that the life of a celebrity is not that glamorous. You really have to read this book!

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    Posted December 26, 2012

    Read this I need a friend!

    I will be your friend Books great but innapropriate

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    Posted December 16, 2012

    I need a freind.

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    Posted November 26, 2012

    Z IS LOCKED OUT

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    Posted November 20, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2012

    Awesome

    This is AWESOME!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Awesome

    Thus is a really good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!

    This whole series so far has been amazing! Robin Palmer really knows what kids go through especially in the case of mean girls. I recommend this book to any girl who has dealt with mean girls or just wants a good laugh! :D

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    Posted May 16, 2012

    Vinyl scratch

    WAS MAH DRU?NKENSS LAST NIGHT TRUE? BRUSHIES?

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    you must read

    it is funny when you start you can not stop it is the best book i have ever read i have read allot of books i think you well love it to

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