Here's Lily

Here's Lily

by Nancy N. Rue


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Grow with the spirited, sometimes awkward, but always charming Lily as she learns what real beauty is.

In this fun, entertaining story, readers meet awkward sixth grader Lily Robbins who, after receiving a compliment about her looks from a woman in the modeling business, becomes obsessed with her appearance and with becoming a model. As she sets her sights on winning the model search fashion show, she exchanges her rock and feather collection for lip gloss, fashion magazines, and a private “club” with her closest friends. But when the unthinkable happens the night before the fashion show, Lily learns a valuable lesson about real beauty.

This best-selling, biblically based fiction series for girls—with a fresh new look and updated content—addresses social issues and coming-of-age topics, all with the spunk and humor of Lily Robbins as she fumbles her way through unfamiliar territory. As readers come to love Lily and her stories, they’ll also benefit from the companion nonfiction books that will help them through their own growing pains.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400319497
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Series: Lily Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 1,228,512
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.

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Here's Lily

By Nancy Rue

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2012 Nancy Rue
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4003-1949-7

Chapter One

Leo, don't let it touch you, man! It'll burn your skin off!" Shad Shifferdecker grabbed his friend's arm and yanked him away from the water fountain just as Lily Robbins leaned over to take a drink. Leo barely missed being brushed by Lily's long flaming red hair.

Lily straightened up and drove her vivid blue eyes into Shad.

"I need for you to quit making fun of my hair," she said through gritted teeth. She always gritted her teeth when she talked to Shad Shifferdecker.

"Why can't you ever just say 'shut up'?" Shad said. "Why do you always have to sound like a counselor or something?"

Lily didn't know what a counselor sounded like. She'd never been to one. If Shad had, it hadn't helped much as far as she was concerned. He was still rude.

"I'm just being polite," Lily said.

Leo blinked his enormous gray eyes at Shad. "Shad, can you say 'polite'?"

"Shut up," Shad said and gave Leo a shove that landed him up against Daniel Tibbetts, his other partner in seeing how hateful a sixth-grade boy can be to a sixth-grade girl.

Just then Ms. Gooch appeared at the head of the line, next to the water fountain, and held up her right hand. Hands shot up along the line as mouths closed and most everybody craned their necks to see her. Ms. Gooch was almost shorter than Lily.

"All right, people." Lily was glad she didn't call them "boys and girls" the way the librarian did. "We're going to split up now. Boys will come with me. Girls will go into the library."

"How come?" Shad blurted out as usual.

"The girls are going to a grooming workshop," Ms. Gooch said. She raised an eyebrow. Ms. Gooch could say more with one black eyebrow than most people could with a whole sentence. "Did you want to go with the girls and learn how to fix your hair and have great skin, Shad? I'm sure they'd love to have you."

"No, we would not," Lily wanted to say. But she never blurted it out. She just turned to Reni and rolled her eyes.

Reni rolled hers back. That was the thing about best friends, Lily had decided a while back. You could have entire conversations with each other just by rolling your eyes or saying one key word that sent you both into giggle spasms.

"No way!" Shad said. "I don't want to look like no girl!"

"Any girl," Ms. Gooch said. "All right, ladies, go on to the library. Come back with beauty secrets!"

Lily took off on Reni's heels in the direction of the library. Behind her, she heard Shad say, just loud enough for her to hear, "That grooming lady better be pretty good if she's gonna do anything with Lily!"

"Yeah, dude!" Leo said.

Daniel just snorted.

"Ignore them," Reni whispered to Lily as they pushed through the double doors to the inside of the school. "My mama says when boys say things like that, it means they like you."

"Gross me out and make me icky," Lily said, wrinkling her nose.

Besides, that was easy for Reni to say. Lily thought Reni was about the cutest girl in the whole sixth grade. She was black (Ms. Gooch said they were supposed to call her "African American," but Reni said that took too long to say), and her skin was the smooth, rich color of Lily's dad's coffee when he put a couple drops of milk in it. Mine's more like the milk without the coffee! Lily thought.

And even though Reni's hair was a hundred times curlier than Lily's naturally frizzy mass of auburn, it was always in little pigtails or braids or something. Reni's hair was under control anyway. Lily's brother Art said Lily's hair always looked like it was enough for thirty-seven people the way it stuck out all over her head.

But most important of all, Reni was as petite and dainty as a toy poodle, not tall and leggy like a giraffe. At least that was the way Lily thought of herself. Even now, as they walked into the library, Lily tripped on the wipe-your-feet mat and plowed into a rolling rack of books. She rolled with it right into Mrs. Blain, the librarian, who said, "Boys and girls, please be careful where you're walking."

It's just girls, Lily wanted to say to her. And I'm so glad. Shad Shifferdecker definitely would have had something to say about that little move.

Reni steered her to a seat in the front row of the half circles that had been formed in the middle of the library. The chairs faced a woman who was busily taking brushes and combs and tubes of things out of a classy-looking leather bag and setting them on a table. Lily watched her for a minute.

The lady wore her blond hair short and obviously styled with product, the way all the women did on TV. Her nails were shiny and had perfect white tips. They clacked lightly against the table when she set things down on it. Lily could smell her from the front row. She smelled expensive, like a department store cosmetics counter.

Lily thought about how her mother grabbed lipstick while they were shopping for groceries at the Acme and then only put it on when Dad dragged her to some university faculty party. As for having her nails done—high school P.E. teachers didn't have fingernails.

Lily's mind and eyes wandered off to the bookshelves. I'd much rather be finding a book on Indian headdresses, she thought as she looked wistfully at the plastic book covers shining under the lights. Her class was doing reports on Native Americans, and she had a whole bunch of feathers at home that she'd collected from their family's camping trips. Wouldn't it be cool to make an actual headdress ...

"May I have your attention please, ladies?"

Reluctantly Lily looked at the lady with the white-tipped nails and wondered vaguely just how she got them that way. She was facing them now, and Lily saw that she had on lipstick that matched her sweater, put on without a smudge, and gold hoop earrings that brushed against her cheek. Something about her made Lily tuck her own well-bitten nails under her thighs and wish she'd looked in the mirror before she came in here to make sure she didn't have playground dirt smeared across her forehead.

Nah, she thought. If I did, Shad Shifferdecker would've said something about it.

Besides, the lady had a sparkle in her eyes that made it seem like she could totally take on Shad Shifferdecker. Lily liked that.

"I'm Kathleen Winfrey," the lady was saying, "and I'm from the Rutledge Modeling Agency here in Burlington."

An excited murmur went through the girls, followed by a bunch of hands shooting up.


Kathleen Winfrey smiled, revealing a row of very white, perfect teeth. Lily sucked in her full lips and hoped her mouth didn't look quite so big.

"Questions already?" Kathleen said. "I've barely started. How about you?"

She pointed to Marcie McCleary, who was waving her arm so hard that Lily knew all her rings were going to go flying across the library any second.

"You're from a modeling agency?" Marcie asked breathlessly. "Do you, like, hire models?"

"We hire them, and we train them," Kathleen said.

"Could we be models?" somebody else said.

"Is that why you're here—to pick models?"

"Do they do, like, commercials or just fashion shows and stuff?"

"I was at this fashion show at the mall, and this lady came up to my mother and said I could be a model like the ones they had there, and ..."

"Ladies!" Kathleen laughed in a light, airy kind of way that made Lily vow never to giggle like a hyena again. "Why don't I tell you why I am here and that will probably answer all your questions at once. I've come to Cedar Hills Middle School today to talk to you about taking good care of your hair and your skin and your nails, not to hire models."

The whole library seemed to give a disappointed sigh. Except Lily. It had never occurred to her to be a model in the first place, so what was there to be bummed out about? As for learning how to take good care of her hair and her skin and ...

Lily pulled out her hands and scowled at the nails bitten down to the quicks. I need all the help I can get, she thought. That evil Shad Shifferdecker was probably right: this lady better be pretty good.

"Not everyone is model material," Kathleen went on. "Just as not everyone is doctor material or astronaut material—"

"Or boy material." That came from Ashley Adamson, the most boy-crazy girl in the entire school. Lily turned to Reni to roll her eyes just in time to see Ashley pointing right at her and whispering to Chelsea, her fellow boy-chaser. Lily could feel her face stinging as if Ashley had hauled off and slapped her.

"But every woman can be beautiful," Kathleen said. "And since you are all on the edge of young womanhood right now, I'd like to show you some ways that you can discover your own beauty."

This time Lily looked straight ahead so she couldn't see what Ashley was doing. It was enough that she heard Ashley sniff, as if she'd discovered her beauty long ago and could show Kathleen a thing or two.

"Now," Kathleen said, "I'm going to take you through some basics in skin care, and hair care, and nail care. But instead of just telling you, I'd like to show you. I'm going to pick someone."

She took a step forward, and hands sprang up and waved like seaweed. Marcie held on to her arm with the other hand as if she were afraid it would fall off, and Ashley's face went absolutely purple as she strained for Kathleen to see her. Even Reni raised her hand tentatively, although she looked at Lily as if to say, She'll never pick me, so why am I bothering?

Lily seemed to be the only one who wasn't begging Kathleen to look at her. If she did, she knew she'd have Ashley and Chelsea and some of the others hooting and pointing and whispering. Lily? Her? Too-tall Lily? With too much red hair? Too big a mouth and too-thick lips? What are you thinking?!?

Instead, Lily reached over, grabbed Reni's arm, and held it up even higher. It was at exactly that moment that Kathleen's eyes stopped scanning the desperate little crowd and rested on her.

"Ah ... you," she said.

"Yay!" Lily squeezed Reni's hand. "She picked you, Reni!"

But Kathleen shook her head and smiled. "No, honey," she said to Lily. "I picked you."

Chapter Two

Me?" Lily's jaw dropped. The disappointed groans behind her were a sure sign nobody else believed it either. But Kathleen nodded and held out her hand. "Come on up. What's your name?"

"Lilianna," Lily said as she stood up stiff as a pole. "Lilianna Robbins, only everybody calls me Lily. It's easier."

"Great name!" Kathleen said. "All right, Lily, if you'll just sit down in the chair here. There we go."

She kept talking in her light-as-air way as Lily sank into the chair and once again tucked her hands under her thighs.

I sure hope she doesn't have time to get to fingernail care, Lily thought, or this is going to be way embarrassing.

She could already feel her face getting hot, and she knew there were probably red blotches all over it. Shad Shifferdecker had once said she looked like she had a disease when that happened.

"Now, Lily," Kathleen said, "would you mind if I pushed some of this gorgeous hair of yours away from your face so we can concentrate on skin first?"


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Here's Lily 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
faithgirl More than 1 year ago
wow! this book shows that true beauty is God he is the only one that makes us happy ! in this fun and interesting yet educational book the main character is an all legs skinny sixth grader at the age eleven she wants to (belong)some where her brithers are eithier good at sports or music but all lily feels like is good at is school....thats good but lilly wants something more travel into the land of lily robbinson for some faithbulding adventures !! in this book she learns from the school sorta nurse that she really has nuatal beauty and lilly is happy she is on the trail for the being a model when it turns out she may need to put God first!, a great read!, beth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! it shows what beauty really is. Good for ages 9-12.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so awesome. It's about a 12 year old girl named Lily Robbins and her BFFs. When she burns her face and her Dad has burns up his arm, Lily learns a lesson about true God-Confidence. You'll love this book. GET THIS BOOK
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lily's a sixth grader who feels like everyone in her family has something but her. So when she gets asked to be in a modeling class, she goes way overboard and kaeotic! I loved this book after i read it. I've read it twice because it was sooooooooooooo good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AWSOME!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a fun book to read because she is almost like me-with red hair. Lily burned her face and ended up at the hopital. The rest is a surprise. Go and read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shares lots of info. I love that it helps you understand that you are beutiful just the way God made you. It helped me see that its not about looks its about being confident and being you!!!
GrytaJME on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It would serve its purpose in raising self-esteem, but it was really, really predictable and the characters were so annoying.
LivingaFitandFulllife More than 1 year ago
Here's Lily by Nancy N. Rue is an adorably cute book for young girls with an important message! Lily Robbins is an awkward sixth grader who becomes obsessed with her appearance but discovers a valuable lesson about real beauty. My daughter absolutely loves this book. She read through the entire book within a week and didn't want to put it down. I love that Here's Lily by Nancy N. Rue helps young girls learn the meaning of real beauty and teaches them to put God first. Of course as parents we can tell our kids this message but I find that having them read books like this teaches them in a way that really enables them to comprehend and grow. This is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it! Disclosure: I received product(s) for free, in exchange for my honest review. I only recommend products I've used personally, and believe will be good fit for consumers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! Lily is a good girl. And a model! Girlz club is cute too. Love it! &starf &starf &starf &starf &starf for Mrs. Rue! ~ Middle School Reviewer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how in the book Lily is trying to find her identity and goes to GOD to figure it out. This books teaches young girls that GOD is there for you. I strongly reccomend this book. Its a great way to start the series. Good job, Nancy rue!
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Novel_Teen_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The kids in school tease Lily for being so tall and having such curly red hair. But when a talent agency owner comes to school to talk to the girls about beauty, she singles Lily out and offers her a chance to be a model. Lily’s parents allow her to participate in the modeling classes on one condition: that she find out whether God is present in this opportunity. So Lily sets out to discover if there is more to beauty that looking good. This was a really sweet little story. Lilly and her friends were “young” sixth graders, as the ones in most public schools today, sadly, are already dating. But I find this book refreshing and know that these are books I will urge my daughter (who is eight) to read. Lilly was a kind girl, she worked hard to treat others kindly, even when others were mean to her. And she went through a traumatic experience and didn’t let it get the best of her. I liked Lilly a lot and found her an excellent and relatable role model for young readers. Recommended for readers 8-12.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
We have all let a compliment go to our head or fixated on a comment someone made to us. Sixth grade Lily gets sucked into an obsession with fashion and her looks. She stops valuing what really matters and begins to question what is truly important. Lily looks to God to learn the answers to her questions and becomes stronger as a result. The best part about any book is the underlying messages. Here’s Lily is full of moments of clarity and realization. Rue incorporates these messages into the book with an easy flow. Readers are not hit over the head with a message, but come to the realizations with Lily. Interesting too are the companion books that offer advice and answer questions that girls often have when experiencing adolescence.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Tweens, Teens and Self Esteem Lily has fire red hair, a milk white complexion and large lips. She is now in the sixth grade and between being teased by her brothers and a boy at school Lily has come to see herself as anything but pretty. Then one day a modeling agent comes to her school to share with the sixth grade girls about poise, caring for their hair, skin and how to pick the right closes for their person. But the most important thing she wanted to share with them was self-esteem. All of the girls were surprised when the lady chose Lily to be her model which shocked Lily and the other girls to no end. Lily left the class with self-esteem she never had before. She wanted to share this with her friends that seemed to have had the same problems as she had. They started a club calling it Girlz. She gets an amazing surprise that could change her life and then events happen that could discourage Lily on her new quest. I know you want to find out how this ends. This book is geared for 7 yrs and up. We I am 60 up and I enjoyed the book very much. I think every young girl should read this book. Parents you should even read this book it will clue you in on how to raise self-esteem in your daughters. The author brings up what a difficult time this is for young girls when they are going through so many new changes and challenges in their life. She even bring up the issue about bullying. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure I received a free copy of this book from Booksneeze/Thomas Nelson for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here’s Lily! Is the first book in The Lily Series by Nancy Rue, and I thought the book was a very cute read, and I would see elementary school to middle school aged girls really enjoying this book. Lily decides that she is ready to grow up and enter the fashion industry, but it seems as if she is growing up too fast as she becomes singularly focused on a local fashion show after she was chosen to take part in modeling lessons. This was especially exciting to her as she was often teased about her looks because of her red hair. The night before the fashion show there is an accident which makes Lily re-evaluate her feelings on beauty. This book was very cute, and it is very relevant with kids in middle school and high school facing bullying. My younger sister has red hair, and she is constantly hearing comments about the color of her hair. Luckily, she does not let this get to her, and she is able to turn others’ comments into jokes. Unfortunately, not all people are able to do this, and there is a large increase in the amount of children who are being teased in school. Lily’s story shows that it is possible to stand up for yourself while still maintaining your morals. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertisin
Mjsmommy73 More than 1 year ago
Nancy Rue's book, Here's Lily, tells the story of Lily Robbins, a 6th grader who gets teased a lot at school and is embarrassed by her height, pale skin, red hair and big lips. When Lily is invited to join a modeling class, her parents allow her to join, but tell her she has to look for where God in the experience. However, Lily becomes obsessed with her appearance and modeling. A tragic accident will change everything though for Lily and her family, and Lily will learn that real beauty is on the inside. I enjoyed this book. The author did a good job of making the book appropriate for the current "times." I think that it so important for young girls to find confidence and realize that despite teasing, they are beautiful and special because they have God on their side. I loved the idea of having "God-confidence - the confidence in God that allows her to trust in Him no matter what." I think the idea of "God-confidence" applies not only to young girls, but to all ages. It was an important reminder for me. I highly recommend this book! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
altalbert More than 1 year ago
I have several friends with "tween" daughters, which is why I wanted to review the book "Here's Lily!" by Nancy Rue. But it turned out that I really enjoyed this book! Lily is quirky and cute, and her family is real and honest. They show their faith without being cheesy. The entire book was such a fun read. Lily obviously has some self-esteem issues, thanks to her older brothers teasing her and her wild, red hair and ivory white skin. So when she gets the opportunity to do some modeling work, she jumps at the chance. Her parents encourage her to find God in modeling. It takes a somewhat tragic event for her to do that, but she eventually does. This book was an easy read but it was so much fun! I am definitely passing it on to friends, and honestly I can't wait to read this series myself. It was written for young girls but I loved Lily's spunky personality and the way this book was written. Two thumbs up! I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
LiniAyre More than 1 year ago
Lily Robbins is a spirited sixth grader who's red hair, height like a giraffe and well bitten nails makes her feel awkward especially when the class bully Shad Shifferdecker likes to point out her seemingly many 'flaws'. So when she receive's a compliment about her looks from the owner of a modelling agency, Lily becomes obsessed with becoming a model and replaces her rock and feather collection with fashion magazines and lip gloss. In her excitement of possibly starting classes (at the agency), her parents ask her a simple question - where is God in this? As Lily becomes more poised and self-assured, she realizes that she can use her lessons to 'liberate' her other shy and insecure friends and especially enable them to stand up to Shad who mercilessly teases them too. Perhaps this is why God wants her do modelling? But just as she is looking forward to the fashion show - the culmination of weeks of prep - tragedy strikes that leaves her wondering how did she became so self-obsessed (thinking about her looks and fashion) did it mean that she wasn't a good person anymore? Inevitably, a valuable lesson is learnt about real beauty. This is a great story. Rue's depiction of an eleven year old and their growing pains is spot on. It is so entertaining that I'm sure the young audience that it is aimed at won't realize the great lessons that Lily's trials show. Family, friendship, accepting that you're perfect just as you are, that the class bully isn't that scary once you have the confidence to walk away. Lily's family adds some lighthearted relief but also here, Rue shows that family life isn't perfect, that teasing your siblings can be hurtful and that focusing on work can sometimes make you forget how important spending time with your family is. The book is easy to read and flows effortlessly from chapter to chapter and I'm sure any 6th grader will enjoy this book (and series). I did and I'm certainly a lot older - obviously my 'inner child' read it... A highly recommended read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishing as part of their Booksneeze program. The opinions expressed here are my own and I am not required to give a positive review.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book.It is soooooooooooo goood.I had to return it because the library took it.This book is cool.You can learn lot's of things that happen so they don't happen to you.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got it at my school library
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book