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Pink & Green Is the New Black: Pink & Green Book Three
     

Pink & Green Is the New Black: Pink & Green Book Three

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by Lisa Greenwald
 

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Lucy Desberg is in eighth grade, and she’s determined to make this year perfect. Over the course of the year, though, her talents for makeup and problem-solving will be put to the test.
On the outside, things couldn’t be better: her family’s spa is doing well, and she has a boyfriend, Yamir. But Yamir’s in high school now, and

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Lucy Desberg is in eighth grade, and she’s determined to make this year perfect. Over the course of the year, though, her talents for makeup and problem-solving will be put to the test.
On the outside, things couldn’t be better: her family’s spa is doing well, and she has a boyfriend, Yamir. But Yamir’s in high school now, and Lucy’s too embarrassed to admit that he hasn’t called her in weeks. To take her mind off him, she throws herself into planning the eighth-grade masquerade, using her makeup skills to rally her classmates. But as she soon learns, ignoring a problem does not make it go away. It’s destined to pop up at the worst possible time.
Lucy’s resourcefulness will be put to the test as she grows up and starts making decisions about the type of person—and girlfriend and friend and daughter and sister—that she wants to be.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Francisca Goldsmith

"Lucy’s personality continues to offer peer readers emotional wisdom tied to credible examples of the ties that bind, bend, and reconnect as kids move from early to middle adolescence."
VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Matthew Weaver
Eighth grader Lucy Desberg wonders why boyfriend Yamir is not talking to her. Everyone, especially archnemesis Erica Crane, thinks it is so cool that she is dating a high school freshman (and wants Lucy to get Yamir to hook them up with his friends), so Lucy cannot admit her romantic difficulties. New boy Travis is also interested in Lucy. Should she explore this new opportunity, or wait for Yamir to come around? Meanwhile, Lucy’s Earth Club pitches an idea for an environmentally green cafeteria to the school board. Lucy's also helping design the Middle School Masquerade, and offering makeup for all the girls in her class at her family's salon. This is the third Lucy Desberg adventure and it positively oozes with girl-boy drama. It will appeal to its target audience—middle school girls who talk religiously about who is dating whom in their local social circles—while anyone else will find it exhausting. Efforts to make Lucy a social do-gooder come across as an adult's version of the perfect middle school girl. Best friend Sunny, Yamir's sister, is far more interesting and real, especially confronting Lucy about the love triangle. Older sister Claudia provides some sage advice about communicating with boys (who can, indeed, be dumb sometimes), but wisdom is lost on most people until they grow up a little. Greenwald catches her characters as they try to grow up too fast, and still have not grown up nearly enough. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver; Ages 11 to 15.
Children's Literature - Susan Borges
Readers of the “Pink and Green” series will be happy to see that Lucy Desberg is back! This engaging and realistic fiction will delight middle school readers who have met Lucy in other books; new readers will become instant fans of the spunky, fun-loving, irrepressible, and responsible Lucy, her family, and her middle school friends. Lucy is in eighth grade and wants her last year in middle school to be fantastic. But as Lucy knows, things are not always perfect; and she finds herself with boy trouble just when she has committed to several very exciting, but very time consuming, end-of-the-year activities. Middle school girls will relate to the stresses of Lucy’s life. The way that Lucy handles the challenges she faces will be a model for readers facing their own. Lucy demonstrates a sense of fairness, determination, sensitivity, and common sense. The quick-paced story will be hard for readers to put down because it is about all things middle school and girl: make-up, boyfriend problems, best friends’ struggles, and family relationships. Lucy Desberg will empower her readers to be better people and face challenges with honesty, grit, and compassion. Each chapter of this novel starts with a quote by Lucy that is inspirational, such as “work hard on things that are important to you” and “try not to obsess about things you have no control over”. Good stuff: this is a great read for middle school-aged girls! Reviewer: Susan Borges; Ages 10 to 14.
School Library Journal
10/01/2014
Gr 4–6—Now in eighth grade, Lucy Desberg, who turned her family's pharmacy into an eco-friendly spa earlier in the series, has plenty on her mind: dating, dances, and boys. Infused with beauty and makeup references and peppered with "Lucy's [tips] for surviving eighth grade," Greenwald's latest has an intimate, "girl to girl" feel that will resonate with those on the verge of teen (and tween)hood.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-12
Change is looming for 13-year-old Lucy.In this third entry in the series, the industrious entrepreneur turns her focus toward her personal life. Midway through eighth grade, Lucy feels driven to make her final months of middle school perfect. However, Lucy quickly discovers that the pursuit of perfection is more difficult than her entrepreneurial endeavors. While Lucy savors the successes of her eco-oriented initiatives, she experiences challenges in her personal life. The recent lack of attention from her boyfriend, Yamir, is puzzling, as is the sudden friendliness of her former nemesis, Erica. While Lucy and best friend Sunny agree to collaborate with Erica on the upcoming masked dance for eighth graders, Lucy continues to be skeptical about Erica's intentions, wondering whether a person can really change. Also, as Yamir becomes increasingly distant, Lucy struggles to define her expectations for a boyfriend. The situation is further complicated when newcomer Travis expresses a keen interest in Lucy. Amid the ensuing confusion and heartfelt introspection, Lucy's dating and friendship dilemmas escalate as the date of the masquerade approaches. Greenwald captures the agitation and uncertainty that come with venturing into dating and relationships. Lucy's turmoil navigating friendships and boyfriends leads to a re-evaluation of her desire for perfection and an eventual acceptance of change—a satisfyingly realistic conclusion. Lucy's inimitably irrepressible manner makes her a fine guide through the shoals of early adolescence. (Fiction. 11-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419712258
Publisher:
Amulet Books
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Series:
Pink and Green Series , #3
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,396,537
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Lisa Greenwald is the author of Welcome to Dog Beach, Reel Life Starring Us, Sweet Treats & Secret Crushes, and the Pink & Green series. She works in the library at the Birch Wathen Lenox School in Manhattan. She is a graduate of The New School’s MFA program in writing for children and lives in Brooklyn. Visit her online at lisagreenwald.com.

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Pink & Green Is the New Black: Pink & Green Book Three 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yamir or Travis.If I ws Lucy I would give up Yamir and date Travis eny may the book was my fav book ever!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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