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Displaying a lively familiarity with the topics of makeup, makeovers and adolescent angst, Greenwald makes a bright debut with this timely story. Prospects look grim for the Old Mill Pharmacy run by 12-year-old Lucy's mother and grandmother. In order to drum up more sales, Lucy decides to offer customers beauty tips and free makeup applications. Although her efforts prove somewhat fruitful, her best idea comes after she joins her school's earth club: what if they add an eco-spa to the pharmacy? Like the recent Teashop Girls, also about an enterprising preteen trying to save a family business, this novel takes an upbeat approach to serious issues—money struggles and impending foreclosure—underscoring the optimistic message that one individual can make a difference. Ages 10–14. (Mar.)
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After 12-year-old Lucy spots a foreclosure warning in the mail, she realizes that the small-town Connecticut pharmacy owned and run by her mother and grandmother is in jeopardy. While Mom and Grandma argue about how to handle the crisis, Lucy, an aspiring makeup artist, joins her school’s Earth Club, researches green businesses, and hatches a plan to expand the pharmacy into an eco-spa. Many young readers will recognize likable Lucy’s frustrations (“I can’t wait for the day when adults take kids seriously”), as well as her growing excitement, all expressed in an utterly believable voice: “The Earth would be healthier just because of us . . . Like, my heart beats really fast when I think about it.” Tales of young entrepreneurs featuring wish-fulfilling plots of young people gaining power have perennial appeal. This story of a family coping with dramatic financial strain may have particular resonance in the current climate, and Greenwald deftly blends eco-facts and makeup tips, friendship and family dynamics, and spot-on middle-school politics into a warm, uplifting debut. Grades 4-7. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: Pink & Green
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810983524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810983526
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Julie Peterson on October 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely love girly-girl middle grade fiction! I guess it's a good thing that I have a daughter in that age range because it gives me a good excuse to read it. My latest favorite MG book is MY LIFE IN PINK AND GREEN by Lisa Greenwald. I admit that I was probably a little biased going into this book because I just love the cover. I thought it was adorable and extremely eye-catching; and what young girl could resist it? It wasn't until I finished this delightful book that I realized just how terrific the cover was -- it captured the essence of the story perfectly.

This book is going to appeal to so many young girls. My daughter hasn't had a chance to read it and chime in with her thoughts yet, but I can pretty much guarantee that she's going to love it! Lucy, the main character and narrator, is absolutely adorable. While she's an extremely sweet young girl and has some terrific insight into life, she also has a great sense of humor. She's a wonderful choice to tell this story, and girls are definitely going to relate to her. Lucy experiences many of the same insecurities and concerns that all tweens face on a daily basis. Yet how she chooses to deal with adversity is what really makes Lucy and this book so special. Lucy is a great example of how a young girl is supposed to act in so many ways. She doesn't lower herself to that middle grade cattiness that many girls revel in (I speak from experience here!) and she is constantly trying to do the "right" thing. I sincerely hope that many readers of this book will see Lucy as a role model and try to shape their actions around Lucy's behavior.

As a mother, I am so excited that there are good, clean books out there for my 10 year old daughter to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on February 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Lisa Greenwald has a nice combination of things going on in her debut novel MY LIFE IN PINK & GREEN. Put together "green" living to save the earth, the trials and tribulations of being a 7th-grade girl, and the financial stress of running a family business, and you have a real page-turner.

Lucy will be the third generation owner of a family pharmacy - that is if her mother and grandmother can keep the store going against the competition of large chains and consumers only looking for one-stop shopping options. She hears their constant arguments about which direction is best for the business her grandfather started years ago.

Lucy's mother's objections are that the store is stuck in the 80's, while her mother, Lucy's grandmother, says her own daughter is the downfall of the business because of her poor money management skills. All Lucy knows is that she doesn't want to lose the family business, and she thinks she just might have the answer.

Being a 7th-grader is also a challenge for Lucy. Her older sister is away at college, but thanks to Claudia, at least Lucy knows how to look her best, and with the help of good grooming she maintains a high level of self-confidence in the face of middle school stress. She has always been interested in make-up, and growing up in the pharmacy with its make-up aisle so easily accessible, she has developed a certain knack for making people look their best.

When people begin realizing her talent, she finds herself running a makeover business that is bringing in needed cash for the store.

In an effort to boost her friend Sunny's confidence with boys, Lucy joins the school's Earth Club.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Misha on November 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Old Mill Drugstore, owned by twelve year old Lucy Desberg's family, is going to close down unless some miracle happens to save it. As if this wasn't enough, now Lucy also has to handle her best friend's first crush. But when she helps Courtney Adner, the Homecoming Queen, fix her hair disaster, the word gets out and people start lining up for their own makeover. Would turning the pharmacy into an eco-spa save it? Would her mother and grandmother stop fighting long enough for them to seriously listen to her idea?

The characters are well-defined . The main character, Lucy Desberg, is a twelve year old bursting with ideas to save her family's pharmacy which in turn helps to save the environment too. She has an inborn ability of doing makeovers. She is a natural trouble solver. She helped her friend, Sunny, deal with her first crush. Unfortunately I could not connect to Lucy's character as I found her a bit selfish and too mature for her age. The character I could actually relate to was Sunny. I too had the same feelings when I was her age. She is sweet in nature and a girl I would have loved to have as a friend.

The story makes us travel back to the time when we were twelve. Storyline is a bit predictable but this book is a sweet and enjoyable read. Every chapter has a beauty tip which the readers may find useful. Those who have just entered their teens would love it and even those who want to relive their childhood. This book is a cute little one time read.

Favorite Quote:
"Makeup isn't supposed to make you look like a clown or like a Broadway star or anything. It's supposed to enhance your natural beauty!"

Overall:
Cute and enjoyable

Recommended?
To Younger Teens
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