My Life in Pink and Green (Pink and Green Series #1)

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Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem-solver. At her family?s struggling pharmacy, she has a line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won?t help save the business. If only she could find a way to make it the center of town again?a place where people want to spend time, like in the old days. Lucy dreams up a solution that could resuscitate the family business and help the environment, too. But will Lucy?s ...

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Overview

Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem-solver. At her family’s struggling pharmacy, she has a line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won’t help save the business. If only she could find a way to make it the center of town again—a place where people want to spend time, like in the old days. Lucy dreams up a solution that could resuscitate the family business and help the environment, too. But will Lucy’s family stop fighting long enough to listen to a seventh-grader?

In a starred review, Kirkus said this novel “successfully delivers an authentic and endearing portrait of the not-quite-teen experience,” and Booklist called it “a warm, uplifting debut.” Readers everywhere have responded to Lucy’s independence and initiative—not to mention her great style.

F&P level: T

F&P genre: RF

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Displaying a lively familiarity with the topics of makeup, makeovers and adolescent angst, Greenwald makes a bright debut with this timely story. Prospects look grim for the Old Mill Pharmacy run by 12-year-old Lucy's mother and grandmother. In order to drum up more sales, Lucy decides to offer customers beauty tips and free makeup applications. Although her efforts prove somewhat fruitful, her best idea comes after she joins her school's earth club: what if they add an eco-spa to the pharmacy? Like the recent Teashop Girls, also about an enterprising preteen trying to save a family business, this novel takes an upbeat approach to serious issues-money struggles and impending foreclosure-underscoring the optimistic message that one individual can make a difference. Ages 10-14. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Lucy Desberg, 12, spends most of her free time at her family's pharmacy. It was once a popular hangout for fountain treats in their small Connecticut town, but the emergence of a large chain store has put the pharmacy in danger of foreclosure. Lucy overhears her practical grandmother and somewhat disengaged, eco-activist mom arguing about what to do, and she is determined to come up with a solution. When the high school's Homecoming queen rushes in sporting a hair disaster on the day of the big dance, Lucy bravely suggests how to fix the problem. A star is born when the products she suggests work, word spreads of Lucy's talents, and more and more young women seek her advice. Meanwhile, she and her older sister apply for a grant to be awarded by the mayor to locally owned businesses that are "going green." Greenwald has created a smart, spunky heroine with ingenuity and budding femininity. A natural beauty or business tip introduces each chapter. These helpful hints are age appropriate and environmentally current. Readers will enjoy the realistic portrayal of middle school friendships, crushes, and coming-of-age beauty concerns.-D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH

Kirkus Reviews
When 12-year old Lucy learns the family pharmacy might close, she decides to attract customers using her preternatural knowledge of make-up application and products. When not giving the homecoming queen lip-gloss advice and booking appointments, Lucy helps her best friend Sunny deal with the many mini-mortifications of a first crush. The squeals, giggles and tiffs between these best buds teetering on adolescence allow readers a glimpse of true tweendom. Boys still seem mysterious, like aliens, and to Lucy they remain more annoying than infatuating. Preteens will enjoy Lucy's sweet first-person narrative, a disarming combination of innocence and earnestness. She feels sick of adults patronizing her and treating her like a little kid, particularly her flaky mom and no-nonsense grandma. A Going Green grant for local businesses seems a perfect way to make the pharmacy relevant again and prove that she should be taken seriously. Greenwald clearly takes preteens seriously, emphasizing their ardent concern for the environment and desire for change. This refreshing novel successfully delivers an authentic and endearing portrait of the not-quite-teen experience. (Fiction. 9-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810989849
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Pink and Green Series , #1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 118,431
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Greenwald

Lisa Greenwald is the author of My Life in Pink & Green, which earned a starred review from Kirkus. She works in the library at the Birch Wathen Lenox School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She is a graduate of the New School’s MFA program in writing for children and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her online at www.lisagreenwald.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    Entertaining!

    A good book.
    An entertaining one too.
    Teaches you a lesson that you can do anything.
    A little girly, but both girls and boys can enjoy it.
    I would definitely recommend it to a friend.

    46 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Lisa Greenwald has a nice combination of things going on in her debut novel MY LIFE IN PINK & GREEN. Put together "green" living to save the earth, the trials and tribulations of being a 7th-grade girl, and the financial stress of running a family business, and you have a real page-turner.

    Lucy will be the third generation owner of a family pharmacy - that is if her mother and grandmother can keep the store going against the competition of large chains and consumers only looking for one-stop shopping options. She hears their constant arguments about which direction is best for the business her grandfather started years ago.

    Lucy's mother's objections are that the store is stuck in the 80's, while her mother, Lucy's grandmother, says her own daughter is the downfall of the business because of her poor money management skills. All Lucy knows is that she doesn't want to lose the family business, and she thinks she just might have the answer.

    Being a 7th-grader is also a challenge for Lucy. Her older sister is away at college, but thanks to Claudia, at least Lucy knows how to look her best, and with the help of good grooming she maintains a high level of self-confidence in the face of middle school stress. She has always been interested in make-up, and growing up in the pharmacy with its make-up aisle so easily accessible, she has developed a certain knack for making people look their best.

    When people begin realizing her talent, she finds herself running a makeover business that is bringing in needed cash for the store.

    In an effort to boost her friend Sunny's confidence with boys, Lucy joins the school's Earth Club. Membership in the club revives Lucy's interest in recycling and promoting some of the more nature-friendly make-up products she uses with her customers. When an afternoon of research for the club causes Lucy to stumble across a city grant offering some major money help for local businesses who "go green," she believes she has truly found the way to save the family business.

    MY LIFE IN PINK & GREEN grabbed my attention right from the start. Lucy is portrayed as a fun, upbeat 7th-grader not afraid to test out her innovative ideas. The addition of the financial stress in the family business brings this story into the here and now of our economic woes and will help hold the interest of readers dealing with their own tough times. By adding humor and a bit of young romance, Lisa Greenwald has really hit the mark with this novel.

    I look forward to reading what I hope will be a long line of her YA work.

    29 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    AWESOME!!!!

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!:):):):):):):):):)CLICK YES BELOW!!!!!:)

    20 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    I Couldn't Stop!

    I read this book and I absolutely loved it! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! I just kept on reading. People who liked this book might also like Lisa Greenwalds Sweet Treats and Secret Crushes. (I also read this and loved it)!!!

    18 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    U should get this!!!!!

    This book is really great i dont have it on my nook but i have the actual soft cover version. I probally finished it in about 3 weeks but im a really fast reader and couldnt put the book down! A great way to pass the time and a book u will definitly love! Good for probally ages 10-14 although many people older will think its great, too! Its very inspiring and will show kids they can make a differance too! Its about a girl who is trying to save her family's pharmacy bydoing makeovers. Then she finds a way to make the pharmacy a eco-friendly one. Youll love this book if u love makeovers and being eco-friendly!

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    I love this bokk!!

    I love this book! it was just so sad at the begining but after a while it got better!!!!!! I just like it so much cause its well pink and green!!!

    13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Best book ever

    I love this book i am only 11 and i reconmended to all my friends you should really read it

    10 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    :-)

    Great Book!!!

    8 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Great book

    I love this book! I wish there was a series because at the end it kind of leaves you hanging. But otherwise great read. Would defently reccomend.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Anyoumous

    I liked it but it was kind of all over the place in the beggining.I suggest people to read it just know you would be able to comprehend it well!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2009

    My Life in Pink and Green

    Totally loved it! I read it in two days! It talks about a headstrong girl who wants to save her family's phramacy and help the planet, too. Readers will enjoy this heartfelt, yet funny book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    :)

    Omg i so luv this book i have read t like a milluon times abd it gets better each time i read it! It's a really great story about Lucy and her best friend Sunny and how tyey help save Lucy's pharmicey toghther. It's a really good book and would reccomed to anyone! This book is a must get i say! I hate tho at the end hiw they leave us hanging with Lucy and Yamir!!!! So get this book!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Awesome

    Thought this book was going to be horrible but it was really good

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

    The best book ever

    i started this book and couldnt stop ;0)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Book

    I love her books MY LIFE IN PINK AND GREEN AND MY SUMMER IN PINK AND GREEN. She is a very good writer.

    This has nothing to do with it but, I FEEL I AM SO CLOSE TO MY FRIENDS I FEEL LIKE THEIR ALL MY SISTERS AND BROTHERS. THANKS TO EMILIA, KENADY, RANIA, CYLE, SAUl, and RAFAEL. THEY MAKE ME LAUGH ALL THE TIME. SOMETIMES THEY CALL ME CRAZZZY!!!! THEY ALL HELP ME WITH ALL MOST EVERYTHING INCLUDING MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEIR ALL AWESOME LIKE THAT!!!!!!! IN A WAY I LOVE THEM, BUT NOT THE WAY YOU GUYS THINK. no matter what, you should aways have at least one person you feel close to! BTW my name is Jasmine Tsang

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Not the best the ending left me hanging

    The book was pretty good. But suddenly she just got what she wanred. They did not explain ay thing!!!!!!!!!! The ending was not any better.


    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!

    I loved this book it is totally awesome... couldnt put it down.... a mosr get!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER!!! >.<

    From beginning to end, My Life in Pink and Green makes evert little detail count. The moment I started reading, I fell in love with this book (it also has great makeup tips! LOL!!!)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Good

    Really good book one of the best i have ever read!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Other books

    I have read sweet treats and secret crushes it is a great book its by the same other to. I loved it its amazing! Now I never read this book. My life in pink and green but I'm gonna try it. If you like this then you will love sweet treats and secret crushes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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