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by Tyra Banks

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No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never dares to make an appearance in her dreams.

But someone has

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No one gets in without being asked. And with her untamable hair, large forehead, and gawky body, Tookie De La Crème isn’t expecting an invitation. Modelland—the exclusive, mysterious place on top of the mountain—never dares to make an appearance in her dreams.

But someone has plans for Tookie. Before she can blink her mismatched eyes, Tookie finds herself in the very place every girl in the world obsesses about. And three unlikely girls have joined her.

Only seven extraordinary young women become Intoxibellas each year. Famous. Worshipped. Magical. What happens to those who don’t make it? Well, no one really speaks of that. Some things are better left unsaid.

Thrown into a world where she doesn’t seem to belong, Tookie glimpses a future that could be hers—if she survives the beastly Catwalk Corridor and terrifying Thigh-High Boot Camp. Along the way, she learns all about friendship, courage, laughter and what it feels like to start to believe in yourself.

When you enter the fantastical world of Modelland, you'll see that Tookie was inspired by Tyra’s life as a supermodel. All those crazy and wild adventures Tookie has with her friends? Some of them were ripped straight from the headlines of Tyra’s life! Tyra knows all about beauty and fashion and fierceness, and she shares everything here in MODELLAND. It’s fun, zany, and 100 bazillion-percent Tyra.

You don’t want to miss Tyra’s amazing new novel!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Supermodel Banks makes her YA debut with a campy and warped take on the world of modeling, a pastiche influenced by everyone from Cresswell to Dahl and Rowling. On an alternate Earth (countries have names like “Didgeridoo” and “Cappuccina”), modeling is both an obsession and a magical art, and only a handful are chosen each year to attend Modelland and train to be an elite “Intoxibella.” Tookie De La Crème, 15, has “multiple personality disorder” hair and emotionally abusive parents; generally invisible to her classmates, Tookie assumes she won’t get picked. Much to her shock, she’s chosen (by a Scout who is actually famed supermodel Ci~L) and attends the academy with new friends (and fellow outcasts) Shiraz, Dylan, and Ross. Banks throws a nonstop barrage of surrealism and wackiness at her characters: the male model academy is “Bestosterone”; Golden Ticket–like items called “SM-IZEs”—one of many winks to Top Model fans—help girls get into Modelland, etc. And if the resulting novel is overlong, the combination of absurdity, social commentary, and familiar tropes makes it an enjoyable guilty pleasure. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)
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"The combination of absurdity, social commentary, and familiar tropes makes it an enjoyable guilty pleasure."
- Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Tookie De La Crème is a Forgetta-Girl. With her awkward body, large forehead, mismatched eyes, and wiry hair, she is the girl everyone, including her parents, would rather not be around. Despite her flaws, she is selected to be a Bella in Modelland over her more attractive, though less intelligent, sister. Only the most beautiful and poised girls are selected to train to possibly become one of the elite seven IntoxiBellas. Along with three other misfit Bellas, Tookie struggles through courses such as CaraCaraCara and Run Away Intensive while dodging the dangerous obstacles of Catwalk Corridor and Thigh-High Boot Camp. The odd behavior of the mysterious and infamous IntoxiBella, Ci~L, convinces the misfit group of Unicas that their lives are in danger and they hatch a plan to flea Modelland. Tookie is heartbroken over her impending departure because she has made new friends and started a relationship with a young Bestostero, Bravo. This first installment in a projected trilogy drags on for 563 pages. The world-building is weak with labels that merely misspell or combine common words. The dialogue is often stilted, and the characters' voices are indistinguishable. While the message about nonstandard forms of beauty is a pertinent one, the heavy-handed treatment becomes tiresome and predictable. This tome may only appeal to teens who are expressly interested in Banks's efforts to redefine beauty.—Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD

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Random House Children's Books
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Modelland Series
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5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Modelland 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 219 reviews.
luv2readalways More than 1 year ago
Are you people seriously that petty or are you just deluded? What part of that book was not well written? Name one part. You came into this ready to bash Tyra Banks, and why, because she's a beautiful woman who made a career and a name and stability for herself out of that beauty, well shame on you. You who are the literate, the readers, the people who know in the written world there is no judgment. Was this book really a rip off of Harry Potter? No, it wasn't. It had nothing to do at all with the concept of Harry Potter. That was an ignorant statement and you should be ashamed that you made it. Would I compare Sarah Dessen to LJ Smith, no, and why, because they have nothing to do with each other. If you can say you don't judge a book by it's cover how can you judge a book by it's author. Really, well I'm so happy that you are literary geniuses whose word is law, congratulations on that. To those of you who read like I do, because it is life, I would like to say that the first chapter of this book could be something. It's a little cliched but so are many other really great books. The world building will be fun for mini fashionistas or girls who just want a fun read. This is not a book that is suppose to have the meaning of life between it's pages. It has a message, you are beautiful. Would you really take that away from a thirteen year old girl on the brink of self discovery, make her feel that if she reads and enjoys this book she's not intelligent, that she has no literary taste. Well how pretentious and conceited you are. How dreadful a person you must be. Don't judge this book, read this book. Enjoy this book. There are no rules to who writes a book, stop stereotyping, stop judging. Just...stop. You should feel really bad about the things you said. You people who read because you want to go to another world. Don't you dare take that away from someone who can escape the life they're suffering in through these pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not sure where the hate is coming from. I thought it was a fun read. Obviously, it was written for young women so I am not sure everyone is going to love it. Give it a try if your in high school.
modellover More than 1 year ago
Such a great and delightful preview read ... looking forward to curling up with this book on the couch as soon as it comes out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I find it ridiculous how people claimed this book was awful in AUGUST when the book came out in September
taylorlove More than 1 year ago
as a twenty something, who's super obsessed with vampire diaries and pretty little liars, this is totally up my alley! i'm looking for that perfect weekend read and i know i've found it in modelland!
let_me_read_people More than 1 year ago
With a lexicon dexterity reminiscient of ANTM Season 11 contestant Sheena during the handbag accessory challenge, Tyra Banks has managed to break through the psyche of today's awkward adolescent striving to reach maturity in a sling-back pump. Her characterization of Tookie is clearly based on ANTM Season 15 contestant Ann, shows the langly teen struggle against her more conventionally beautiful older sister. The more aware reader, however, will realize that the battles that Tookie encounters are a reflection on the tensions currently building in a world ruled by consumerism and materialist greed. If this reader were wearing a smize, it would have to be removed to wipe the tears of joy and sorrow that simultaneously build with each paragraph absorbed. I cannot recommend this book enough, an excellent beach read to be paired with an off-the-shoulder linen wrap dress -- if you are feeling so bold.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the excerpt and will buy the seems like a fun read !!! Go Tyra !!!
AnotherBook2Read More than 1 year ago
Modelland is another example of Tyra practicing what she preaches. Tyra always encourages young women to believe in themselves and to take risks to achieve their goals. Her novel does not seem to have the typical "insider modeling" storyline. I would definitely like to read more of this story!
EmilyLewis More than 1 year ago
Tyra, you're my QUEEN! How many more days till Sept 13? I wish I could go to Modelland ... This book is going to be FIERCE - just like Tyra!
effie25 More than 1 year ago
If you're questioning this book, then stop. It's everything you'd expect from Tyra Banks in the most perfect of ways. I picked it up from the bookstore even thought I usually just borrow books from the library because I wanted something to read after finishing my homework every night. And I'll be totally honest with you. It's really hard to get through my homework because all I want to do is read Modelland! I'm about halfway through and I'm totally in love with Tookie. She's teaching me that it's ok to not look like everyone else and have unique traits. I love Modelland!
nicolaaaaa More than 1 year ago
My little sister is going to LOOOOOOVE this book. Way to go Tyra - model, author - show them how it's DONE!
PatrickLeo More than 1 year ago
As a single dad, I'm always searching for inspirational characters for my daughter. From what I can tell, Tyra's provided the world with exactly that in Modelland. I will definitely be buying this book for my daughter.
BethJane More than 1 year ago
I'm begging my mom to take me to buy this book as soon as it comes out! CAN'T WAIT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thouht it was fantastic im a twelve year old girl with a not so high reading level so when i told my mom i wanted to read it my mom didnt want me to buy it beceuse she thought half way though i would lose intrest but i bought it any way then my teachers thought it was trash well let me just say thats sterotyping tyra and that in it self was dumb but despit that i read it and couldent put it down best read trya should wrote anotherbut however dont just think its easy cus it ain't they like emerge and iluminate alot so i dont suggest it for peaple with bad vocab
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book blew me away with its sense of creativity,crazyness, and encouraging message. This book is fabulous and highly recommended for teens. I loved it so much I bled all over the book ( the real size book is big, it makes perfect sense why I'd get a papercut lol), NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE TYRA
Hearts2Books More than 1 year ago
I'm 20 and I'm currently finishing off the book. I bought the book because I am moderately interested in Tyra's literary competence. I have to say I don't hate this book it provides an escape for the teenage mind. I'm sure as a young teen modelling does seem mythical and magical. I don't understand all of the shad people are throwing her but i feel like she's a new author and she got her overall message across to whom she was trying to get it across to; young girls. It is meant to be a fun book it's not meant to cure all of life's problems that's why it is called fiction.(look up the definition if you are unclear of what that means) For a first time author it was interesting and it kept my attention and I would certainly recommend it for a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does it bother anyone else about Abigail and her "no razors" or whatever sign she's holding? For some reason it struck me as a mockery of feminism. You know, the people who portray feminists as being only ugly women who don't shave their legs. That just bothered me a lot. Besides that, I really like America's Next Top Model. I really do (even though I don't like to admit it). It's entertaining, and although I'm not sure if I agree with it all, it's fun to watch. That being said, I think I understand what Tyra was trying to get across by writing Modelland, but it missed the mark. So far I feel as though Tookie is a flat character and too much of a goody-goody to be interesting. Also her interaction with her love interest just makes her look weak to me. Also, I would like to say to the people who are saying that it's like Harry Potter or the Hunger Games: you can basically make that case for anything. Just read Orson Scott Card's essay on how J.K. Rowling was suing a lot of people for copying her a few years ago. Writers are influenced by others' work. That's how it's been working for thousands of years. There is, however, a difference between influence and plagiarism, but I'm pretty sure Tyra Banks did not cross it. Also, read the sample chapter before you review, please. Don't just go off of what everyone else is saying. I think that some people may actually enjoy reading this book, but it's not for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is and will always be one of my favorite books,no doubt about it. It made me cry, then laugh, then ponder deeply about the meaning of life, then cry again. The characters were so believable, and the entire plot was so beautiful I NEED a sequel. Please, do not stop after the sample chapter. It is so much more than a stupid book to please fashionista thirteen year olds. It has depth and real meaning and it is never dull. (Im ready to go hunt down the haters of this book with a pitchfork,but angry mobs are slightly frowned upon.)
integaxicated More than 1 year ago
When it comes to hearing that Tyra Banks actually wrote a book, people begin to get skeptical, which may be because she's a model. "What kind of model actually reads and writes a book?" the general person asks. When I saw this book sitting there on the shelf, I was immediately attracted to the huge green eye, which was captivating. Once I got the book, I spent all of my time reading it and wouldn't put it down for a second! This book definitely spoke to me because I could relate to it 100%. This book is for girls who struggle to find themselves and feel like they're out of place in society. Tyra brings you into a whole other realm and takes you through the journey of the main character who is very awkward and out of place in her world. The book is greatly written and very humorous. I even cried when the book was over because it was a self confidence booster for me. I would greatly recommend this book to any teen girl!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do most of you hate it, its sooo good. Read the whole book and then write a review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the mix of romance with action all together, get this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever and tyra banks is my role model and she is a person who is 100% model! And she is the host of my favorite show america's next top model.but any way this book is #1!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please tell me they're making this a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages are in this book i really need to know please answer