This is a terrific book about knowing your own beauty no matter what and having the courage to challenge everyone else to recognize it too. Willowdean is a character who makes no apologies for who she is and when the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet pageant rolls around, she inspires a few unlikely candidates to enter the competition with the help of some Dolly Parton drag queens. I found this to be a thoughtfully written, quirky book with heroine who exudes confidence while still experiencing her own internal doubts.
Reading this book feels like flipping though issues of Vogue from the last +100 years. There are sections on most of the major fashion shifts of this century mixed with pages dedicated to fashion icons like Coco, Audrey, Twiggy, and simple tips on each page on how to “get the look.” This would also be a great resource for someone interested in women’s fashion history or working in theater or costume design. Presented in a format that makes it easy to get the information you want, and allowing you to discover something new with each read, this is a great staple for any blossoming fashionista’s wardrobe!
This book has something for everyone: politics & history, love & romance, friendship, family, extended family, baseball history & Fenway Park, musical theater and Mary Poppins. This is a highly entertaining book that all audiences will enjoy.
By far one of the best books that I have read in a long time. I love the questions that this book raises about humanity and survival, as well as authority. Not only is it impossible to put down, it keeps you thinking for long after you have finished reading it.
When Audrey breaks up with her boyfriend, she is done with him and his absorption in music and his band “The Do-Gooders,” right? WRONG! Because he writes a song about their break-up called “Audrey, Wait!” which rocks the charts and throws Audrey into the lime light of the paparazzi and the tabloids who want to make her into some kind of rock goddess, and Audrey never has a chance to catch her breath. Nobody told her that her life would change when her ex-boyfriend’s band made it big. But this book is now presenting Audrey herself: to give you her side of the story. Full of allusions to pop/rock culture, and both steadfast and fair-weather friends; this book has many twists in plot that has the reader wondering if Audrey will spin out of control or find a way to regain control of her life. It is a truly exciting read.
If you enjoyed the Twilight Collection as much as we did, you should try this new series beginning with Blue Bloods. These are stories filled vampires, romance, and the history of a noble bloodline which resurfaces each generation. Satisfy your thirst for another great read.
Ruby Lavender and Miss Eula are a pretty good team...for a nine-year old and her grandmother. This unlikely pair has a special, and at times hilarious, bond that is impossible to replace. Having recently lost her grandfather in an accident, Ruby has learned to be content with her memories, but for Miss Eula, it takes a little longer. So Miss Eula goes on vacation, leaving Halleluia, Mississippi to visit her new granddaughter in Hawaii, much to Ruby's dismay. Now who will help her liberate chickens? Or, more importantly, who will know what to say when Melba Jane, Ruby's biggest enemy, comes along? Ruby is an enchantingly stubborn character who likes to stick to her guns, but she grows and learns that sometimes a change of heart is all it takes to fix her problems. This book has healthy doses of humor, adventure, friendship and a twinge of sadness and mystery that create a story that is believably real and a wonderful read for individuals and reading groups alike.
From the author of the Series of Unfortunate Events, this laugh out loud funny book is great for anyone who loves music or mysteries. The composer has been killed, and the musicians are undoubtedly the suspects. But which are the guilty parties? Follow one determined Inspector as he travels through the orchestra asking each section where they were on the night of the crime. You also learn about the instruments themselves as each section answers the Inspector’s question, using an individual flavor of their instrument’s role in the orchestra. Another great feature of this book is an all-original CD composed by Nathaniel Stookey to go along with this murder mystery story. This is a great read that talks not only of the death of the composer, but also the life of the music.