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Children's LiteratureMorgan Carter is a washed-up Hollywood has-been at sixteen. A child prodigy, she fell into the whole Hollywood lifestyle—wild parties, drugs, booze, and all. But Morgan takes it too far and almost dies. After going through six months of detox and therapy, she assumes a new identity as Claudia Miller and is sent to Ft. Wayne, Indiana to experience a "normal" adolescence in a regular Midwestern high school. The idea is to somehow survive her year of banishment, return to Hollywood at the end of the school year, write a tell-all book, and stage a tremendous comeback onto the Hollywood scene. Although her experiences in "Ft. Nowhere" or "Ft. Lame" as she alternately calls it, start on rocky ground, she does manage to make a friend or two. And when she goes to the Johnny Appleseed Festival, she discovers, much to her amazement, that she actually has fun. Now Morgan/Claudia has a whole new problem. How can she keep track of the various lies she has told about herself, and how can she keep lying to people she has grown close to? Morgan's story, told in journal form, is one in which a spoiled Hollywood brat transforms into a charming, at times obnoxious, yet witty and fun character who overcomes a lot of garbage in her life to discover who she really is. Overall, it provides a great read with a sequel to be released in Fall, 2006. 2005, Penguin Young Readers Group, Ages 12 up.