Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom, & the Challenges of Bad Hair

Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom, & the Challenges of Bad Hair

by C.C. Payne

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ISBN-13: 9780761462255
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/02/2012
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

C.C. Payne’s debut novel, Something to Sing About, received a starred, boxed review in Booklist and was chosen a Booklist Top Ten Book for 2008. She lives in Kentucky.

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Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom, & the Challenges of Bad Hair 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Eliza Lockwood More than 1 year ago
Great Read Aloud! My mother has been reading this book to me at night and I love it! I am in 4th grade and I know girls like Kali. Soooo mean. I really like Lula Bell and her family. I think you should read this book.
sienagirl More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while, a book comes along that leaves you wanting for more. Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair was that book for me. I loved it. I began reading it one evening before bed and didn't stop until I finished! As a public school librarian who is immersed in the lives of middle schoolers, I applaud author C.C. Payne for portraying the life of a fifth grader so realistically. The students I work with can be best friends one minute and bitter enemies the next. They are self conscious and avoid drawing attention to themselves and are unlikely to associate with kids others deem "different." Lula Bell Bonner, bullied by a former friend and uncomfortable with "crazy haired" Alan, her only school ally, is a protagonist that my students can relate to. In fact, Lula Bell's story could be my own. Told with sensitivity and sincerity, C.C. Payne takes readers on a sometimes difficult journey of ostracism and loss but at in the end leaves us uplifted and hopeful. I laughed and I cried and then I cheered for Lula Bell. Simply put, a fabulous read.
JAFinc More than 1 year ago
Lula Bell Bonner just wants to fit in. She doesn't want to, as her Grandma Bernice keeps insisting, let her light shine. All she wants to do is be as invisible as possible, to avoid the bullying of once-friend Kali Keele and her entourage, to make it through the Fifth Grade, and not humiliate herself in the talent show, one inconspicuous step at a time. But when she loses her best friend, Lula Bell realizes that maybe playing turtle-possum isn't the best way get through life, and that sometimes, when you let your light shine, you notice that the people you need have been right there beside you all along. The story is instantly engaging, and even as an adult I connected with Lula and her not-unfounded paranoia about standing out in middle school. It's funny, relatable, with some unexpected heartbreak thrown into the mix, drawing you into the story with a profound but understandable-by-all insight into Lula's mindset.  C. C. Payne also does a brilliant job of teaching readers about coping with bullying and loss at a young age, and overcoming both internal and external obstacles, without preaching. It helps that she throws in little humorous asides, tips from Lula Bell to everyone from Grandmothers to waiters, making it as if you're having a conversation with Lula Bell. All in all, Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom, and the Challenges of Bad Hair, was a quick, highly enjoyable read. I dare you to try and read it without a Southern twang.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My school got an early copy of this and the librarian set it aside for me (I'm her best reader). It was one of the best books I ever read. I laughed out loud. I cried. I got chill bumps. I loved it!