The Upside of Ordinary

The Upside of Ordinary

by Susan Lubner

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Eleven-year-old Jermaine wants to be famous: limo-riding, camera-flashing, crowd-waving famous. Since her family isn't likely to move from Maine to Hollywood so she can become a movie star, she decides she'll make a reality TV show about her family and friends. Jermaine quickly realizes that her everyday life is boring, so to kick up her show a notch, she starts staging events to elicit more humor, more drama, more excitement. This laugh-aloud debut novel takes a lighthearted look at unbridled ambition, the cult of celebrity, the reality behind reality TV, and the upside of being part of an ordinary family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823427314
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 09/07/2012
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 648 KB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Susan Lubner has written three picture books, including Noises at Night, which was named a 2006 Today Show Best Pick for Young Children.  This is her first novel.  She lives in Southborough, Massachusetts.

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skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
Jermaine Davidson, eleven years old, is like so many kids today who want to be superstars.  What originally starts out as a "reality show" turns into chaos.  It seems that Jermaine thinks her family is boring.  It is this thought process that leads her to stage many scenes for her "show".  These are the beginnings of catastrophes.  Jermaine is typical of many middle schoolers who think only of themselves.  I say this as a middle school teacher.  They don't always think things through first.  This is a great, or off limits.  I heard the voices of many of my students in my head commenting, "if that was my sister she'd be in so much trouble." This is an extremely believable and humorous book.  I loved the decision Jermaine finally makes.  What?  You don't know what I'm talking about?  Then you really must read the book.  I can't wait to do a book talk and recommend it to my students and  our media specialist.