Gr 5-9-This prequel to the two "Legally Blonde" feature films will enjoy popularity among young fans of the movies and those who like nondemanding formulaic fiction. Elle Woods is a frumpy sophomore when something-no, someone-catches her eye during a basketball rally at the well-heeled Beverly Hills High School. It's handsome Hunter Perry, star of the school's basketball team, and as he pleads for student support for it, Elle's heart swells and she determines to win his affections by helping their losing team become better. Never mind that she previously had no interest whatsoever in basketball-or cheerleading, for that matter. But Elle notices that the cheerleaders are constantly with Hunter, even though their half-hearted, pathetic attempts at creating school spirit fall on deaf ears. What's a girl to do? Well, determined Elle has plans. She kisses goodbye to her frumpy image by getting her braces removed, orders contact lenses and a whole new wardrobe, and gets lots of blonde highlights. Suddenly, people start noticing her. Then, with the help of her manicurist, she choreographs new routines for the cheerleaders and designs sharp new uniforms for them. Elle's butler, conveniently a former basketball star, teaches the team to work together. It appears that Elle's plan is succeeding, but Hunter still doesn't seem to notice. How can she win his heart? The happy ending proves that Elle's not only beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.