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The Upside of Ordinary
by Susan Lubner

Trade Binding | 128 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823424177 | 09-01-2012

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Grade: FIFTH | Age: 8 to 12

Themes: Family & Relationships, Making Choices, Morals & Values in Conflict
Recommendations: A, K

About the Book

Jermaine Davidson wants to be famous—limo-riding, camera-flashing, crowd-cheering famous. She decides to become the first eleven-year-old producer and star of a reality TV show about her life. Her family quickly tires of her following their every move, filming them night and day. But life around the Davidson house is dull, so Jermaine starts staging events to elicit more drama, excitement, and humor. Her unbridled ambition leads her to alienate her best friend over a disastrous make-over episode, send her arachnophobic mother packing, turn an emotional family crisis into a tacky mystery segment, and ruin her mother's chances to win the annual pickle palooza. Filled with remorse, Jermaine turns her talents to making amends and in the process learns the upside of being part of a loving but ordinary family.

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. Click here for a Q&A with the author.


"This debut novel offers an amusing lesson on the downside of reality television, one that readers will catch on to far sooner than the misguided protagonist."—Kirkus Reviews