I got the chance to preview a really funny middle-school-girls novel coming out October 24, one of a new series aimed at 9-12-year-olds. It’s called How to Rock Braces and Glasses, by Meg Haston (Little Brown and Company/Poppy Books; list price $16.99) and it’s already inspired a TV show premiering on Nickelodeon in Spring 2012.
“The gorgeous, uber-harsh and uber-stylish Kacey Simon is the undisputed social dictator of Marquette Middle School. That is, until an eye infection and a visit to the dentist leave her with coke-bottle glasses, a mouth full of metal, and …a littttthsp.” Her “friends” dump her in a classic reversal of cool-crowd versus nerd-herd (apologies to one of my favorite shows, Chuck). How she climbs back up the social ladder is hilarious, and yet the book doesn’t end with everything back to normal; in fact, it’s a perfect set-up for the next title in the series. I’m looking forward to seeing how Queen Bee Kacey (a little older/wiser) works things out, and I think anyone with a daughter in this age-group will get a kick out of the whole process.
Debut-author Meg Haston and I have something in common: we both survived braces and glasses in middle school. How about you?