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Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is.
In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion ...
Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is.
In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty.
This best-selling, biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains.
Lily straightened up and drove her vivid blue eyes into Shad.
"I need for you to quit making fun of my hair," she said through gritted teeth. She always gritted her teeth when she talked to Shad Shifferdecker.
"Why can't you ever just say 'shut up'?" Shad said. "Why do you always have to sound like a counselor or something?"
Lily didn't know what a counselor sounded like. She'd never been to one. If Shad had, it hadn't helped much as far as she was concerned. He was still rude.
"I'm just being polite," Lily said.
Leo blinked his enormous gray eyes at Shad. "Shad, can you say 'polite'?"
"Shut up," Shad said and gave Leo a shove that landed him up against Daniel Tibbetts, his other partner in seeing how hateful a sixth-grade boy can be to a sixth-grade girl.
Just then Ms. Gooch appeared at the head of the line, next to the water fountain, and held up her right hand. Hands shot up along the line as mouths closed and most everybody craned their necks to see her. Ms. Gooch was almost shorter than Lily.
"All right, people." Lily was glad she didn't call them "boys and girls" the way the librarian did. "We're going to split up now. Boys will come with me. Girls will go into the library."
"How come?" Shad blurted out as usual.
"The girls are going to a grooming workshop," Ms. Gooch said. She raised an eyebrow. Ms. Gooch could say more with one black eyebrow than most people could with a whole sentence. "Did you want to go with the girls and learn how to fix your hair and have great skin, Shad? I'm sure they'd love to have you."
"No, we would not," Lily wanted to say. But she never blurted it out. She just turned to Reni and rolled her eyes.
Reni rolled hers back. That was the thing about best friends, Lily had decided a while back. You could have entire conversations with each other just by rolling your eyes or saying one key word that sent you both into giggle spasms.
"No way!" Shad said. "I don't want to look like no girl!"
"Any girl," Ms. Gooch said. "All right, ladies, go on to the library. Come back with beauty secrets!"
Lily took off on Reni's heels in the direction of the library. Behind her, she heard Shad say, just loud enough for her to hear, "That grooming lady better be pretty good if she's gonna do anything with Lily!"
"Yeah, dude!" Leo said.
Daniel just snorted.
"Ignore them," Reni whispered to Lily as they pushed through the double doors to the inside of the school. "My mama says when boys say things like that, it means they like you."
"Gross me out and make me icky," Lily said, wrinkling her nose.
Besides, that was easy for Reni to say. Lily thought Reni was about the cutest girl in the whole sixth grade. She was black (Ms. Gooch said they were supposed to call her "African American," but Reni said that took too long to say), and her skin was the smooth, rich color of Lily's dad's coffee when he put a couple drops of milk in it. Mine's more like the milk without the coffee! Lily thought.
And even though Reni's hair was a hundred times curlier than Lily's naturally frizzy mass of auburn, it was always in little pigtails or braids or something. Reni's hair was under control anyway. Lily's brother Art said Lily's hair always looked like it was enough for thirty-seven people the way it stuck out all over her head.
But most important of all, Reni was as petite and dainty as a toy poodle, not tall and leggy like a giraffe. At least that was the way Lily thought of herself. Even now, as they walked into the library, Lily tripped on the wipe-your-feet mat and plowed into a rolling rack of books. She rolled with it right into Mrs. Blain, the librarian, who said, "Boys and girls, please be careful where you're walking."
It's just girls, Lily wanted to say to her. And I'm so glad. Shad Shifferdecker definitely would have had something to say about that little move.
Reni steered her to a seat in the front row of the half circles that had been formed in the middle of the library. The chairs faced a woman who was busily taking brushes and combs and tubes of things out of a classy-looking leather bag and setting them on a table. Lily watched her for a minute.
The lady wore her blond hair short and obviously styled with product, the way all the women did on TV. Her nails were shiny and had perfect white tips. They clacked lightly against the table when she set things down on it. Lily could smell her from the front row. She smelled expensive, like a department store cosmetics counter.
Lily thought about how her mother grabbed lipstick while they were shopping for groceries at the Acme and then only put it on when Dad dragged her to some university faculty party. As for having her nails done—high school P.E. teachers didn't have fingernails.
Lily's mind and eyes wandered off to the bookshelves. I'd much rather be finding a book on Indian headdresses, she thought as she looked wistfully at the plastic book covers shining under the lights. Her class was doing reports on Native Americans, and she had a whole bunch of feathers at home that she'd collected from their family's camping trips. Wouldn't it be cool to make an actual headdress ...
"May I have your attention please, ladies?"
Reluctantly Lily looked at the lady with the white-tipped nails and wondered vaguely just how she got them that way. She was facing them now, and Lily saw that she had on lipstick that matched her sweater, put on without a smudge, and gold hoop earrings that brushed against her cheek. Something about her made Lily tuck her own well-bitten nails under her thighs and wish she'd looked in the mirror before she came in here to make sure she didn't have playground dirt smeared across her forehead.
Nah, she thought. If I did, Shad Shifferdecker would've said something about it.
Besides, the lady had a sparkle in her eyes that made it seem like she could totally take on Shad Shifferdecker. Lily liked that.
"I'm Kathleen Winfrey," the lady was saying, "and I'm from the Rutledge Modeling Agency here in Burlington."
An excited murmur went through the girls, followed by a bunch of hands shooting up.
Kathleen Winfrey smiled, revealing a row of very white, perfect teeth. Lily sucked in her full lips and hoped her mouth didn't look quite so big.
"Questions already?" Kathleen said. "I've barely started. How about you?"
She pointed to Marcie McCleary, who was waving her arm so hard that Lily knew all her rings were going to go flying across the library any second.
"You're from a modeling agency?" Marcie asked breathlessly. "Do you, like, hire models?"
"We hire them, and we train them," Kathleen said.
"Could we be models?" somebody else said.
"Is that why you're here—to pick models?"
"Do they do, like, commercials or just fashion shows and stuff?"
"I was at this fashion show at the mall, and this lady came up to my mother and said I could be a model like the ones they had there, and ..."
"Ladies!" Kathleen laughed in a light, airy kind of way that made Lily vow never to giggle like a hyena again. "Why don't I tell you why I am here and that will probably answer all your questions at once. I've come to Cedar Hills Middle School today to talk to you about taking good care of your hair and your skin and your nails, not to hire models."
The whole library seemed to give a disappointed sigh. Except Lily. It had never occurred to her to be a model in the first place, so what was there to be bummed out about? As for learning how to take good care of her hair and her skin and ...
Lily pulled out her hands and scowled at the nails bitten down to the quicks. I need all the help I can get, she thought. That evil Shad Shifferdecker was probably right: this lady better be pretty good.
"Not everyone is model material," Kathleen went on. "Just as not everyone is doctor material or astronaut material—"
"Or boy material." That came from Ashley Adamson, the most boy-crazy girl in the entire school. Lily turned to Reni to roll her eyes just in time to see Ashley pointing right at her and whispering to Chelsea, her fellow boy-chaser. Lily could feel her face stinging as if Ashley had hauled off and slapped her.
"But every woman can be beautiful," Kathleen said. "And since you are all on the edge of young womanhood right now, I'd like to show you some ways that you can discover your own beauty."
This time Lily looked straight ahead so she couldn't see what Ashley was doing. It was enough that she heard Ashley sniff, as if she'd discovered her beauty long ago and could show Kathleen a thing or two.
"Now," Kathleen said, "I'm going to take you through some basics in skin care, and hair care, and nail care. But instead of just telling you, I'd like to show you. I'm going to pick someone."
She took a step forward, and hands sprang up and waved like seaweed. Marcie held on to her arm with the other hand as if she were afraid it would fall off, and Ashley's face went absolutely purple as she strained for Kathleen to see her. Even Reni raised her hand tentatively, although she looked at Lily as if to say, She'll never pick me, so why am I bothering?
Lily seemed to be the only one who wasn't begging Kathleen to look at her. If she did, she knew she'd have Ashley and Chelsea and some of the others hooting and pointing and whispering. Lily? Her? Too-tall Lily? With too much red hair? Too big a mouth and too-thick lips? What are you thinking?!?
Instead, Lily reached over, grabbed Reni's arm, and held it up even higher. It was at exactly that moment that Kathleen's eyes stopped scanning the desperate little crowd and rested on her.
"Ah ... you," she said.
"Yay!" Lily squeezed Reni's hand. "She picked you, Reni!"
But Kathleen shook her head and smiled. "No, honey," she said to Lily. "I picked you."
"Lilianna," Lily said as she stood up stiff as a pole. "Lilianna Robbins, only everybody calls me Lily. It's easier."
"Great name!" Kathleen said. "All right, Lily, if you'll just sit down in the chair here. There we go."
She kept talking in her light-as-air way as Lily sank into the chair and once again tucked her hands under her thighs.
I sure hope she doesn't have time to get to fingernail care, Lily thought, or this is going to be way embarrassing.
She could already feel her face getting hot, and she knew there were probably red blotches all over it. Shad Shifferdecker had once said she looked like she had a disease when that happened.
"Now, Lily," Kathleen said, "would you mind if I pushed some of this gorgeous hair of yours away from your face so we can concentrate on skin first?"
Excerpted from Here's Lily by Nancy Rue Copyright © 2012 by Nancy Rue. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Nelson. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Posted February 18, 2010
this book shows that true beauty is God he is the only one that makes us happy !
in this fun and interesting yet educational book the main character is an all legs skinny sixth grader at the age eleven she wants to (belong)some where her brithers are eithier good at sports or music but all lily feels like is good at is school....thats good but lilly wants something more travel into the land of lily robbinson for some faithbulding adventures !!
in this book she learns from the school sorta nurse that she really has nuatal beauty and lilly is happy she is on the trail for the being a model when it turns out she may need to put God first!,
a great read!,
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Posted July 24, 2005
This was a fun book to read because she is almost like me-with red hair. Lily burned her face and ended up at the hopital. The rest is a surprise. Go and read this book!
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Posted July 5, 2002
Lily's a sixth grader who feels like everyone in her family has something but her. So when she gets asked to be in a modeling class, she goes way overboard and kaeotic! I loved this book after i read it. I've read it twice because it was sooooooooooooo good!
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Posted January 14, 2013
This book is so awesome. It's about a 12 year old girl named Lily Robbins and her BFFs. When she burns her face and her Dad has burns up his arm, Lily learns a lesson about true God-Confidence. You'll love this book. GET THIS BOOK
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Posted December 7, 2012
Posted July 16, 2003
I love this book.It is soooooooooooo goood.I had to return it because the library took it.This book is cool.You can learn lot's of things that happen so they don't happen to you.
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Posted June 26, 2013
I love how in the book Lily is trying to find her identity and goes to GOD to figure it out. This books teaches young girls that GOD is there for you. I strongly reccomend this book. Its a great way to start the series. Good job, Nancy rue!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted June 12, 2012
The kids in school tease Lily for being so tall and having such curly red hair. But when a talent agency owner comes to school to talk to the girls about beauty, she singles Lily out and offers her a chance to be a model. Lily’s parents allow her to participate in the modeling classes on one condition: that she find out whether God is present in this opportunity. So Lily sets out to discover if there is more to beauty that looking good.
This was a really sweet little story. Lilly and her friends were “young” sixth graders, as the ones in most public schools today, sadly, are already dating. But I find this book refreshing and know that these are books I will urge my daughter (who is eight) to read. Lilly was a kind girl, she worked hard to treat others kindly, even when others were mean to her. And she went through a traumatic experience and didn’t let it get the best of her. I liked Lilly a lot and found her an excellent and relatable role model for young readers. Recommended for readers 8-12.
Posted May 19, 2012
We have all let a compliment go to our head or fixated on a comment someone made to us. Sixth grade Lily gets sucked into an obsession with fashion and her looks. She stops valuing what really matters and begins to question what is truly important. Lily looks to God to learn the answers to her questions and becomes stronger as a result.
The best part about any book is the underlying messages. Here’s Lily is full of moments of clarity and realization. Rue incorporates these messages into the book with an easy flow. Readers are not hit over the head with a message, but come to the realizations with Lily. Interesting too are the companion books that offer advice and answer questions that girls often have when experiencing adolescence.
Posted May 8, 2012
Posted May 4, 2012
Tweens, Teens and Self Esteem
Lily has fire red hair, a milk white complexion and large lips. She is now in the sixth grade and between being teased by her brothers and a boy at school Lily has come to see herself as anything but pretty. Then one day a modeling agent comes to her school to share with the sixth grade girls about poise, caring for their hair, skin and how to pick the right closes for their person. But the most important thing she wanted to share with them was self-esteem. All of the girls were surprised when the lady chose Lily to be her model which shocked Lily and the other girls to no end. Lily left the class with self-esteem she never had before. She wanted to share this with her friends that seemed to have had the same problems as she had. They started a club calling it Girlz.
She gets an amazing surprise that could change her life and then events happen that could discourage Lily on her new quest. I know you want to find out how this ends.
This book is geared for 7 yrs and up. We I am 60 up and I enjoyed the book very much. I think every young girl should read this book. Parents you should even read this book it will clue you in on how to raise self-esteem in your daughters.
The author brings up what a difficult time this is for young girls when they are going through so many new changes and challenges in their life. She even bring up the issue about bullying.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Posted April 28, 2012
Here’s Lily! Is the first book in The Lily Series by Nancy Rue, and I thought the book was a very cute read, and I would see elementary school to middle school aged girls really enjoying this book. Lily decides that she is ready to grow up and enter the fashion industry, but it seems as if she is growing up too fast as she becomes singularly focused on a local fashion show after she was chosen to take part in modeling lessons. This was especially exciting to her as she was often teased about her looks because of her red hair. The night before the fashion show there is an accident which makes Lily re-evaluate her feelings on beauty.
This book was very cute, and it is very relevant with kids in middle school and high school facing bullying. My younger sister has red hair, and she is constantly hearing comments about the color of her hair. Luckily, she does not let this get to her, and she is able to turn others’ comments into jokes. Unfortunately, not all people are able to do this, and there is a large increase in the amount of children who are being teased in school. Lily’s story shows that it is possible to stand up for yourself while still maintaining your morals.
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