Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies

Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies

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by Erin Dionne
     
 

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Thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris is no string bean, but comfy sweatpants and a daily chocolate cookie suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued too, if her aunt hadn't entered her in the HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge. To get out of it, she's forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste-because, after all, a thin girl can't be a fat model!

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Overview

Thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris is no string bean, but comfy sweatpants and a daily chocolate cookie suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued too, if her aunt hadn't entered her in the HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge. To get out of it, she's forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste-because, after all, a thin girl can't be a fat model! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone . . . or that all she needed to shine was a spotlight.

A hilarious debut featuring friendship, family, mean girls and even celebrity crushes, Celeste's story is a delicious treat that doesn't add a pound.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Wry first-person narrative also provides convincing views of middle-school friendships, family dynamics, and incremental personal growth...a light, well-paced first novel.
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Celeste is what you call "chubby" if you are nice and "fat" if you are mean girl Lively Carson. Now, horror of horrors, her Aunt Doreen has entered her in the Miss Husky Peach modeling contest. Celeste's aunt and mother both tell her that this will be her chance to shine. But she believes that becoming the face of a clothing line for chunky girls will generate even more cruel junior high teasing than she already suffers. Like being called "Burrito Grande" by the guys at school. Or "wide load" and "solar eclipse" by Lively and her gaggle of girlfriends. Celeste wants no part of a fashion show, a photo shoot or a chance to walk the runway. But how can she get out of it without disappointing her Mom? The solution? "Operation Skinny Celeste"! Losing enough weight just might make her lose the contest. Lose she does, but in the end Celeste finds she's gained so much more, including self-confidence, new friends, and the attention of a guy who barely spoke two words to her in all of their years as classmates. And, of course, those oh-so-important makeup tips. Celeste is an engaging and ultimately sympathetic character who is far more than the stereotypical ridiculed fat girl. A thoroughly enjoyable read. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal

Gr 7-9

In this humorous novel, weight and friendship issues trouble plus-sized Celeste, 13, until she learns better eating habits and starts to stand up for herself. First she's forced to wear a hideous bridesmaid dress. Then her friend Sandra dumps her for Lively, a skinny popular girl. Worst of all, Celeste's aunt enters her in the HuskyPeach modeling competition; Celeste competes to please her mother, but makes plans to sabotage her chances of winning because she's embarrassed by the whole idea. The competition, however, actually boosts her confidence and helps her come to terms with her weight, her eating habits, and her feelings about Sandra's defection. The wry, funny tone makes this book a pleasurable read, and teens of all body types will enjoy Celeste's original voice. Those dealing with bullying and teasing will empathize with her and cheer her on. Other novels about overweight teens include Susan Vaught's Big Fat Manifesto and Simmone Howell's Everything Beautiful (both Bloomsbury, 2008), but this one is more lighthearted and for a slightly younger audience.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Fat girl, entered into a plus-size beauty contest by her interfering aunt, decides to lose weight so that she'll be too thin to compete in an event she considers to be more than mortifying. It's a clever premise, and the most winning part of the book is the beauty pageant itself, which gives readers the opportunity to see the inside workings of the process. These scenes are far more engaging than the more familiar fat-girl-at-school material, which pits 13-year-old protagonist Celeste against a thin meany who is trying to steal her best friend. The beauty competition is presented as a multilevel affair that happens over a period of time, which gives Celeste the opportunity not only to shrink in size but to grow from passive and dull to resourceful and sympathetic. Although it's slow to gain traction and a bit too explicit in terms of life lessons learned, readers will warm to Celeste as she becomes a competitor in the Miss HuskyPeach contest, to say nothing of life itself. (Fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803732964
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/05/2009
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
465,446
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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