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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Series: How to Rock
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Poppy; 1 edition (October 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031606825X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316068253
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for How to Rock Braces and Glasses:
"As Haston, in her first YA novel, traces Kasey's painful tumble down the popularity hill, she offers some clever dialogue and important life lessons..."
PW

"Written for middle school girls, readers will relate to the obstacles Kacey overcomes. The message of being true to yourself is strong throughout..."—Library Media Connection

"Embrace the brace! How to Rock Braces and Glasses should be renamed How To Rock Your First Novel. Hilarious and heartfelt. I ah-dored it."—Lisi Harrison, author of the #1 bestselling CLIQUE series (and former 4 year braces-wearer and current glasses rocker)

About the Author

Meg Haston graduated from Northwestern University with an M.Ed. in Professional Counseling. She currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Since most bios are beyond boring and slightly narcissistic, I was hoping to find a creative yet humble way to make myself sound more exciting than I actually am. Like a limerick (as in, There once was a girl from Nantucket/Who wrote a bad bio, then chucked it). Or maybe even a haiku (as in, Desperate writer/pens a terrible bio/really bad idea).
Here's the problem: I'm not from Nantucket. I'm from Jacksonville, Florida. And I think I was absent on haiku day in English class. So that means you're stuck reading the traditional kind of bio. Sorry.

So, where did we leave off? Right. Jacksonville. I call it home, since I braved seventh through twelfth grades there (I think this is the part where I give a shout out to Episcopal High School). My family moved a lot when I was young, though, and I've called lots of cities home: Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; Alexandria, Virginia; Wayne, Pennsylvania; and last, but not least, Jacksonville. I like to think that home is where your heart and soul, your dog, your laptop, your highest heels, and your most treasured books are.

As an adult, I've lived in lots of cities, too: Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., Jacksonville (again), Athens, Georgia, and Avignon, France. All lovely places. I don't know where I'll end up, but I'll keep you posted.
People often ask if I've always wanted to be a writer. The answer is yes. And no. I've always loved to write, but I haven't always considered it as a career. In second grade, I really wanted to be an astronaut, mostly because I was fascinated with the giant cardboard cutout of astronaut Sally Ride in my classroom, and I really wanted my own giant cardboard cutout. Then I found out that astronauts are brilliant at science and math and have excellent vision. I'm the worst at science and math. Plus, I have vision somewhere in the neighborhood of 20/10,000. Yikes.

I had other career dreams, too: glitzy Broadway star, cultural anthropologist, and for three weeks after the winter Olympics, sassy ice dancer. For one reason or another, those didn't seem to be in the cards. But I have found two jobs that I absolutely love: writer and mental health therapist. I'm fascinated with peoples' life stories, and my work as a writer allows me to create them, while my work as a therapist gives me the privilege of hearing those stories and honoring them. I went to graduate school to become a therapist, and have worked with kids, teenagers, families, and college students.

Right now, though, I'm focusing on writing, and telling Kacey Simon's story in HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES. The book released on October 24th, and a Nickelodeon show based on the book, entitled HOW TO ROCK, will air in early 2012.

A few more (hopefully interesting) things about me before I sign off: Yes, I did have braces and glasses in middle school, although whether I rocked them is... debatable. I have a wonderful family and a fab younger sister. I also have an insanely adorable dog, Dinah, who is a world-class snuggler but couldn't catch a ball to save her life. I love big cities, singing out loud in the shower, smelly cheese, snow, and, of course, books. I also love learning new things. I recently started learning to play the guitar, but so far, I'm pretty terrible.
So that's my story so far. Here's hoping there are many more exciting chapters to come.

Happy reading, living, and rocking,

mh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Knapp on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Fast and fun - filled with brand names and cute clothes. Story of 8th grade queen bee Kacey Simon, who gets to experience life on the other side of the tracks, with glasses and a "lithp" due to dental appliances. Lots of pop culture and music references. The banter is amazingly sophisticated and self-aware for 8th graders. Flighty fun, and the best title I've come across in a while. Way to rock a first book, Ms. Haston.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Teran Chavez on December 8, 2012
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I really liked this book because it was a story about a girl who was popular, went to the bottom of the social chain, then came back up again where she said she belonged.I didn't really think was a story on HOW TO ROCK them but mostly on her life on how she gets them, deals with them, and gets rid of them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By raanai on November 14, 2012
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I loved this book. I love it because I love to sing and I wish there were more moments were Kacey a d Zander do a cute duet together.
The first time I read this book, I thought to myself: "Oh great. Another one of THESE stories" but it was nothing I expected. I almost broke into tears and I didn't want to put it down!! I loved it and I hope to be a great authof just like you :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tatiana on July 18, 2012
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This book delighted me for popular people and the mean girls at school never seem to care who they step on to push to the top. I think in the end she gets what she deserves. The main reason I chose this book was because I have braces and glasses. I enjoyed it highly. I think most teens will, too.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Wallace on November 21, 2011
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Not having read a book written for a middle school audience, I bought this one because I was drawn to the premise of the story, but I went into it expecting to encounter lightweight characters and not a lot of depth when it came to actual storytelling.

Aye yi yi. I was totally wrong.

Even at her meanest, Kacey Simon is a character you can't help but love. She's intelligent beyond her years. She's funny and sarcastic. She's also quite a fashionista. (Kudos to Meg Haston for making every character's daily outfits a fun part of the story.) Even though her ego gets the best of her and she says hurtful things, you still want to hang in there with her and hope that she will become a better person (and gets the boy!).

Everything about this story had...style. From Kacey's school to the bakery where her friends hung out to the music Zander introduces her to, the reader gets to escape into this cool, hip world where hard lessons in humility are learned.

There was a lot about this book that I appreciated--the strong writing, wit intertwined with realism, and a cast of characters you can't help but really like (even at their worst). But most of all, I appreciated the reason for Kacey's meanness was touched upon just enough for the reader to feel for her, but wasn't explored so much that you felt like you were being influenced to feel sympathy and excuse her for being cruel.

The story takes place over two weeks. A lot was crammed into those two weeks. As someone who loves music-themed books, I wish there had been more scenes with Kacey, Zander, and the band.

I'm hoping there will be a sequel. I'm dying to know what happens next for these characters. The end of the book did feel like a cliffhanger...
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a great book! Everyone should read it! This is a book all pre-teens love and enjoy, so grab yourself a copy! It has great features everyone enjoys!
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By hi on April 2, 2014
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This book is very good. It explains the life of a young girl trying to be excepted after her life changes unexpectadly
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By shelby hickey on March 13, 2014
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Bored by first chapter... I couldn't even finish it. It sounded like the another sappy teenage story. Because that's what it is
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