In Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child, Harper Collins’ latest middle grade series to hit the shelves August 27, 2013, turning your back on popularity and facing the mean girls head-on proves to be fun and rewarding. Penned by author and screenwriter Maria T. Lennon, Confessions of a So-Called Middle Child stars hilariously spunky recovering bully and tween hacker Charlie Cooper, who gets expelled from her fancy Malibu Charter School for a laxative prank gone wrong and finds herself “shrinked” for middle child syndrome and getting more than she bargained for at her new school in the über hippy community of Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.
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“Confessions is a funny story with a fresh and sassy, winning heroine who develops into a loyal and
resourceful friend, daughter, and sister.” —School Library Journal
“Lennon skillfully delves beyond Charlie’s sass and troubled façade to reveal her insecurities
and vulnerability. Readers will admire the unabashedly quirky Charlie as she embarks upon her
journey of self-understanding.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A fast-moving story with a satirical edge.” —Publishers Weekly
Hilarious tween heroine Charlie C. Cooper—reformed bully, misguided fashionista, and so-called middle child—is back! This sequel to Confessions of a So-called Middle Child will delight fans of Louise Rennison, Mean Girls, and Harriet the Spy.
Charlie’s adventures offer a fresh look at middle school, bullying, and mean girls. In Book Two, Charlie navigates sudden celebrity and auditions for a television series, but a little white lie may endanger the one friendship Charlie can truly count on—and her connection to swoon-worthy crush Bobby! Poignant and seriously funny, Charlie’s account of her dilemma is one all tweens will relate to.
Charlie knows what it feels like to be stuck in the middle, but it’s finally her time to shine. After saving her friend Marta in the old Houdini tunnels of Los Angeles, Charlie’s become a local hero, gained sudden celebrity, and *MIGHT* just become a TV star! But will Charlie let her newfound fame go to her head? Watch out, Hollywood!
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“The novel’s strength is its ability to perfectly capture the particular brand of anxieties that accompany
the middle school years and concerns about friends, relationships, and the balance between
wanting to do the right thing and to be liked.” —School Library Journal
“Charlie’s razor-sharp humor is back, as are her often self-centered motives. This time she learns she has
to give up what she wants in order to help others; in fact, it’s a crucial part of friendship.” —Booklist