On the Avenue (Celebutantes Series #1)

On the Avenue (Celebutantes Series #1)

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by Antonio Pagliarulo

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The Hamilton Triplets—Madison, Park, and Lexington—are accustomed to living in the public eye. Heiresses to a billion-dollar media empire, they have been raised in New York's most elite social circles and, at 16, know firsthand the demands of being celebutantes. There are people to impress, appearances to make, and paparazzi to outrun. Not to mention high


The Hamilton Triplets—Madison, Park, and Lexington—are accustomed to living in the public eye. Heiresses to a billion-dollar media empire, they have been raised in New York's most elite social circles and, at 16, know firsthand the demands of being celebutantes. There are people to impress, appearances to make, and paparazzi to outrun. Not to mention high school to finish.

But when fashion editor Zahara Bell is found dead in a one-of-a-kind frock from Lex's unreleased clothing line, and then the priceless Avenue Diamond goes missing, getting to class is as far from the triplets' minds as their first pair of Manolos. One of the girls is a suspect, and the sisters find themselves in the middle of a scandal that could sink their reputations and their father's companies for good. And the press is ready, willing, and able to lend a hand.

The Hamilton sisters need to stick closer than ever before. The killer is still out there, and if they don't solve the case their threesome could become a twosome quicker than you can say Cartier.

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School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up
The wealthy and beautiful 15-year-old Hamilton triplets-impetuous Lexington, pragmatic Park, and mini-mogul Madison-have it all and Manhattan is their playground. At a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the sisters have a troublesome encounter with a zealous paparazzo that leads them to discover the dead body of a famous fashion magazine editor. When Lexington is implicated in the murder, the teens set out to solve the case themselves. Full of snobbery, cattiness, sexual encounters, and underage drinking, this book tries very hard to be like Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" series (Little, Brown) and Bennett Madison's "Lulu Dark" mysteries (Sleuth/Razorbill), but it has none of the wit and knowing sarcasm that make those books so entertaining. The mystery starts off well for these wannabe Nancy Drews but it is so drawn out that, by the end, readers will lose interest in whodunit and why. Because the story is written in alternating chapters about different characters, readers don't get to know the stereotypical sisters, their boyfriends, and their employees, but since they are all so unlikable and smug, no one is likely to care.
—Anne RouyerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Random House Children's Books
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Celebutantes Series , #1
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You Can Find It on Lex

Night fell cool and crazy over Manhattan, the streets buzzing with the first hint of spring. It was a Friday in May. Lights pulsed along the skyline and traffic clogged the streets. The air was thick with the anticipation of all that can happen in the city on a warm spring night.
Lexington Hamilton stood rigidly at her bedroom window, staring down at the busy stretch of Fifth Avenue. People were definitely in a partying mood. Crowds were thickening by the minute, and there wasn't a free cab in sight. East and west, north and south, clubs and bars were opening their doors and cranking up their sound systems. It was almost eight o'clock. Lex couldn't believe she was still dressed in her red and white school uniform with the tacky St. Cecilia's Prep logo emblazoned on the lapel. She hated the damn thing, but after cutting out of last period she had rushed over to Saks for makeup and Bendel's for a new pair of shoes. The hours had simply slipped through her fingers. Now she was itching to doll herself up.
She turned away from the window and locked her eyes on the garment bag lying across her bed. It held her newest creation--a dress fashioned especially for the sexy and the savvy. Lex had designed it herself two weeks ago and had recently decided to add it to her growing clothing label. There were expensive names in her closet, but she favored her own creations above all others. She used versatile, striking patterns and only the best fabrics. Risky, funky, and tastefully sexy, her collection would be big news one day soon. She had dozens of sketches on her desk--skirts, jeans, jackets, suits, bras, underwear, well-cut lingerie--and she knew it was only a matter of time before her aptly titled Triple Threat label went global. But the first order of business was getting noticed without anyone realizing that you wanted to get noticed.
She walked over to the bed, eyeing the garment bag. No one had seen her bring it home. She held it up, drew the zipper down, and smiled. The dress was amazing. White silk and cut well above the knee, it practically screamed her name. And the shoes were a perfect match. Christian Louboutins, their cream color accentuated the dress's fringed hem, and the trademark crimson soles were the perfect contrast. She hadn't been invited to this evening's gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but she'd make one hell of an entrance when she arrived.
The very thought of it made Lex giggle. Her triplet sisters, Madison and Park, thought she was under the covers nursing a stomach flu. They had spent the afternoon preening for the gala, too wrapped up in their own worlds to acknowledge Lex's mounting anger. Why should she stay home while they attended the star-studded event? It didn't make sense. Well . . . it did, but the truth wasn't a good enough reason. The truth was that Madison--with her coiffed hair, classic gowns, and altogether refined manner--was better suited to represent Hamilton Holdings, Inc., at a snooty, conservative gala. Madison always got invited to the boring high-brow functions. Lex, on the other hand, found herself on the wilder, trendier A-lists, where loud music, hot guys, and good booze were in abundance. Park was happy to tag along in either case. Wide-eyed, calm to a fault, and nauseatingly cheerful, Park was the self-appointed peacemaker of the family.
Lex pressed her ear to the closed bedroom door and listened. The long hallway was silent. Lupe, their housekeeper, was busy banging pots in the kitchen. Madison and Park had already left.
All was in readiness.
Smiling broadly, Lex headed for her bathroom and flicked on the light. She tore off the uniform, chucked the skirt and blouse to the floor, and revved up the Jacuzzi. She added a splash of her favorite Mario Badescu body wash to the water and lit one of the Toumbac candles she'd bought in bulk from A.P.C. As the bubbles rose and undulated, she climbed inside, savoring the heat that enveloped her muscles and the scent of Parisian flowers that now filled the bathroom. She was too tense. The anger and frustration of the day had wound her up. She still couldn't believe that their father, Trevor Hamilton, had allowed Madison and Park to go along without her tonight. When Lex had broached the subject last week, he'd simply given her the same spiel about good manners and proper behavior.
You haven't earned the right to attend these types of functions, Lex. Every time I open a newspaper and read through the gossip columns, there you are--dancing on a table at some nightclub, causing a stir at a premiere. I can trust Madison to behave herself. And with me away for a whole week, the company will have to be represented accordingly.
The company, Lex thought bitterly. It was always about the company. A media empire that encompassed three television stations, a radio network, and several real estate branches, Hamilton Holdings, Inc., was their father's first baby. Trevor Hamilton had built it from nothing, deal by vicious deal. Over the years, he had been touted in the press as a ruthless businessman and a tireless philanthropist. In truth, he was an odd mix of both. He was also as much of a celebrity as any Oscar-winning actor. From New York to Beverly Hills, Paris to London, Dubai to Sydney, the Hamilton name was respected, revered, and occasionally despised. It all came with living life in the constant glare of the media.
Lex understood the importance of keeping a good profile, but she hadn't done anything that bad in recent months. Yeah, she liked having fun. Yeah, she was a party girl. Where was the crime in that? After all, it wasn't her fault the media enjoyed following her around and snapping her picture everywhere she went. It just happened. Like last year, at the annual Memorial Day bash in the Hamptons. She had gone to Tavern and hooked up with William Bondurant, a senior at St. Cecilia's and one of the most stunning creations on God's green earth. They'd slipped around to the back of the club, over by the wooded parking lot, and had a little rendezvous. William took his shirt off, Lex took her bikini top off, they were laughing and kissing and groping when boom--a flash illuminated the darkness. They'd both looked up, stunned and mussed in the heat of the moment. Next morning, the grainy black-and-white photo appeared in a dozen papers: Lex cuddled in William's arms, her bare breasts two inches from his smiling face. Trevor Hamilton had been less than pleased, but Lex had shrugged the episode off without a twinge of embarrassment. And besides, some good had come out of it. She and William had dated for nearly three months.
Since then, Lex had courted trouble only a handful of times. This past winter she'd been mentioned in the tabloids sporadically, and for minor incidents. Skipping a day of school to attend the unveiling of Chanel's spring collection. Being quoted on page six of the New York Post saying she hated wearing underwear. Slipping a bartender at Bungalow 8 fifty bucks for a peach martini. Silly things like that. She had been branded the official bad girl of the very public Hamilton family, and wherever she went, scandal followed.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Meet the Author

Antonio Pagliarulo lives in New York City. This is his second book for young readers.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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On the Avenue (Celebutantes Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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This book combines a girly sense of fashion and yet it still has murder and mystery. I highly suggest this to any girl who loves to read because I am sure it will have something you like. It trulely is wonderful because it's like Paris Hilton and James Bond all put together.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Being a celebutante isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sure, you get to live a very rich lifestyle with all the cool parties, nice clothes, hot dates, and special privileges. But being a suspect in a murder trial does not make being a celebutante worth it.

Triplets Madison, Park, and Lexington Hamilton know this firsthand, and wearing a tight dress with the perfect pumps just won't get them out of this one.

A murder has happened at one of the many social events that Madison has organized -- and it isn't very pretty. Well, the scarf tied around fashion editor Zahra Bell isn't, that is. Along with Zahra, the Avenue Diamond, the most prized possession that can work miracles, is gone. Unfortunately, the Hamilton triplets were at the wrong place at the wrong time. Who knew that being discovered in the same closet as the murder victim would automatically make you a suspect?

And now, since the police are taking forever to find who the killer is, it's up to the Hamilton triplets to save the day, and their name. There is just one drawback to this investigation. Let's just say that Zahra Bell wasn't the most well-liked person on the universe and anyone could have wanted her dead. And having tons of secrets spilling out that hurts reputations doesn't exactly make things progress faster. But the sisters can't worry about that too much, since their entire wardrobe is on the line, and being the next victim is becoming more and more of a possibility.

Take three Nancy Drews and put them into a GOSSIP GIRL situation and what successfully comes out is THE CELEBUTANTES: ON THE AVENUE. Antonio Pagliarulo makes us see that the rich and famous can solve mysteries, too, except in style. With a bond like the Charmed sisters, the Hamilton triplets are literature's newest "It Girls." THE CELEBUTANTES is the series that everyone should keep an eye on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this book it keeps you wanting to know who did it you wont know until the end.. you will never suspect the person who killed Zahara!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not the type who writes reviews but I can just say here that this novel was great! I didn't expect it to be soo good and I am definitely a fan of this series. great characters and romance, and the mystery blew me away. it's a winner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
okay well i agree with the other two reviews about this book because i loved it too. i like the main characterss because they have brains. theyre not air-headed girls who act like bitches all the time even though they're famous and rich. the mystery was really good too. i agree that this is better than gossip girl which i used to read but got tired of. so i'm lookin forward to the next book in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree that this is a great book and a great new series. I read it in less than two days and loved it. The characters are awesome and so is the whodunit. I also loved the writing style. I totally recommend this book to anyone who likes a great story. Dont' miss it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl because the main characters are rich and famous and there's a lot of cool fashion reference stuff but this book is a lot BETTER than Gossip Girl and Clique because this is an actual story. it's a mystery a really good one too, I couldn't figure it out at all. the three main characters are Madison, Park and Lex Hamilton and they rule New York City. I love that these sisters are funny and smart and that they know how to solve the crime. even tho' they're beautiful and famous, they have brains. i found myself laughing out loud at some parts and I love the romance between Madison and her boyfriend. parts of the book were hot, and then there was a lot of suspense which had me turning the pages. i can't wait for the second book!