Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies

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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! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone . . . or that all she needed to ...

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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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 Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/5/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 239,055
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin Dionne lives in greater Boston, Massachusetts.

Erin Dionne is an assistant professor of Liberal Arts at a small college north of Boston, where she teaches freshman comp, lit classes, and some creative writing electives. When not actively promoting her writing with her great humor and enthusiastic understanding of the miseries and magic of middle school, Erin reminisces about her days in high school and college marching band. She lives with her husband and daughter in Framingham, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

    Be you for who you are and be proud!!

    I really enjoyed reading this book. Celeste, the main character, is pretty much a typical teen - she goes to junior high, she has a best friend, Sandra, and she does good in school. She has one problem: her weight. Nasty Lively is constantly teasing and taunting her about her size, and won't leave Celeste alone. Celeste tries to forget about Lively...by eating chocolate cookies. And when her mom and aunt enroll her in a HuskyPeach modeling competetion, she's less than thrilled. Despite mean weight comments, nearly losing Sandra to Lively, and Lively herself, the Huskypeach pageant actually turns out to be a wondeful thing for Celeste. I don't want to give away the rest so...I liked this book a lot. I suggest it to any girl. I hope the author continues to write!!

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Amazing

    No matter if your skinny or overweight you are still beautiful. This book is amazing. A must read.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2009

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    4 out of 5 stars

    Celeste has always been called the Fat Girl, not only by the popular Lively and her antlike friends, but everyone knows she isn't the skinniest girl in the world. Celeste's best friend, Saundra, helped her get out of every bad situation, but now Saundra's gone to the other side; with the popular, pretty, matching-outfits crowd. What's more, Celeste's aunt enters her in the HuskyPeach pageant, a clothing company for plus-sized girls. Celeste is too afraid to back down but what will they call her at school now? There were many things that sounded appealing to Celeste about modeling, but models don't eat chocolate cookies.<BR/><BR/>Unique and splendid, this book catches the teenage girl audiences in more ways than one. The writing was simple and told only what needed to be mentioned. Each character's personality was intriguing and added more appeal to the story. There were parts that I didn't favor, due to Celeste's new found confidence. The story was interesting and explored the insecurities that most girls deal with, both teenage and preteen. I was expecting Celeste to find out that she was beautiful just the way she was but she had to lose weight to feel good about herself. Every way the story went, it was still a good book.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Excellent

    This book was sooooo awesome! Celeste learns how to be happy with herself and has great friends. I've read it 3x and plan to read it more.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    AWESOME!!!!

    This book is PERFECT for girls who have low stantards of themselves or aleays want to be perfect. DEFINITELY buy this book!!!!!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Best book I ever read!!!

    This is such an awesome book. Id reccomend it to girls who are 10-16 years old. I love it!!! You should definately get it! :)

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    models and cookies

    This book was wonderful. It ws one of the best books i read. It has very good vocabulary. It makes you think about your own life. I reccomend this book to people in the age thouugh 11 to 16

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    A Delicious book

    After reading this book, i realized nobody is perfect and its better to be yourself then to be a follower. Poor Celeste is dumped by her best friend, but at least she has a poster of the gorgeous Theo Christmas on her wall. Celeste talks to Theo, Red Bathing Suit Woman, Millie, and Katy and gets help, answers and the truth. They find out not even Miss Matchy Match Lively isnt perfect when something water filled explodes in her shirt. i said, TAKE THAT LIVELY YOU BRAT! i hope you enjoy this book as much as i, a twelve year old did!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    KatieK

    I ate a cookie while reading this book!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    One of my favorite books!

    I absolutely LOVE this book! I recommend it to anyone.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    EVERYONE IS BEATIFUL

    You need to know it doesnt matter if your 500 pounds you need to kniw that someone loves you and without you it could change all of the world (just by the way it not healthy to be 500 pounds) you are beatiful no matter what. Someone an mabey everyone loves you. Mabey its a talent you nice personalty. You are the only you so be you cuz no matter what you do to change you with always have tht unique style and unique personalty. So be you. YOU ARE BEATIFUL

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2009

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    Great!!!

    This book helped me feel better about myself. The first time I read it I couldn't put it down. It's HIGHLY recommended.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Models dont eat chocolate cookies

    I hope I can get this book


    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Awesome

    I luv this book.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    A fantastic book

    Really awesome

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

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    Reviewed by Cat for TeensReadToo.com

    Cramming her not-so-skinny body into the Peach Monstrosity bridesmaid dress for her cousin's upcoming wedding is bad enough, but when Celeste Harris's Aunt Doreen secretly enters her in the HuskyPeach modeling contest, she knows something's gotta give.

    After all, what thirteen-year-old girl wants to model fat girl clothes? The cruel insults her nemesis, Lively Carson, would throw at her would make the current taunts of "cow" and "pig" seem flattering by comparison.

    In the face of overwhelming pressure from her parents to compete, coupled with the loss of her best friend to Lively's evil ploys, the only way out Celeste can see is by changing her diet and exercising until she's too small to be considered a HuskyPeach - because models don't eat chocolate cookies.

    Erin Dionne's debut novel is one every teenage female should read. It's rare to read such an honest, straightforward narrative portraying the realities faced by teens who are "plus-sized." Celeste blossoms from a lost and uncertain little girl to a self-assured, assertive young lady with style and grace.

    I think my favorite part of this book was Dionne's decision *not* to put Celeste through a radical body/personality makeover, but rather portrayed her as coming into strengths that were present from page one.

    This is a fabulous book that should be on everyone's TBR list.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Plus-sized models rule the world!

    This is the best "plus-sized" model/girl book to sit upon this earth. She took a stand not to model for HuskyPeach, but liked it anyway. I give it two thumbs up! Dionne needs to keep up the good work in her writing. I reccomend it to all ages of every girl out there!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Ano nymous

    I read this book in my school library i luv it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2013

    This isn't my favorite book , but and must read for 12 year olds

    This isn't my favorite book , but and must read for 12 year olds. This teaches kids that even if you want to be a model and your bigger things can come true just don't give up!!!!!! =D ♥

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Dog

    It wuc as doggh

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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