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"GLITTER GIRL flows like a sparkling river through the shifting sands of 8th-grade Alpha Girls and their BFFs. Puberty rocks at Wendell Wilkie Jr. High, where the motto might as well be 'Study? I'm here to see my friends!'"  -- Richard Peck, Newbery Award Winner

"A fun book for teens and tweens. GLITTER GIRL has a lot to say to teenage readers, given it's the most influential time of their lives. Mostly it's about friendship and loyalty, and doing the right thing; perfect for a high school library!" -- Wondrous Reads

" Runkle and Webb deliver an empowering message about striving to be true to oneself for middle school readers.
" - Kirkus

"Kat learns a few home truths throughout the course of this book, but she takes responsibility and reevaluates a few aspects of herself. Mostly it's a book about friendship, loyalty, and doing the right thing; perfect for a high school library! " - Wondrous Reads

"Runkle and Webb debut with a 21st-century take on the idea that "All that glitters is not gold"...[and the book] carries some emotional heft." - Publishers Weekly

"If there's one thing parents and tweens can take away from "Glitter Girl," it is that friendship is something we can't take for granted, at any age." - Whittier Daily News

"Glitter Girl tackles the very important topic of friendship vs. popularity, hitting on one common issue many of today's teens face: The need for approval from others. " - Girls' Life Magazine

"This is a fun read with a powerful message of what can happen when the lure of popularity and fame gets in the way of best friends. Perfect for girls who love a little bit of glamour and fashion, Glitter Girl sparkles while it also shows tweens how your best friend doesn't have to be exactly like you." - The Parents Connection

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402285574
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402285578
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I identified. I remember the piercing emotions of friendships transitioning. Gosh, I'm still navigating these treacherous paths. The lessons, and humor! of this story are as valid for adults as they are instructional for young readers. Smart writing, fun inside jokes, honesty, vulnerability, and so much more! I highly recommend this book for readers of all ages, makes and models.
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This is a fun read with a powerful message of what can happen when the lure of popularity and fame gets in the way of best friends. Perfect for girls who love a little bit of glamour and fashion, Glitter Girl sparkles while it also shows tweens and teens how your best friend doesn't have to be exactly like you.
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MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT

Kat has developed an incredible following on her style blog at the age of fourteen, so when a giant box from a new company called Glitter Girl shows up with an invitation to be the face of their product line, she is giddy with excitement. Then Chelsea, the vice-president in charge of marketing the line shows up, things get weird for Kat. Her best friend and next door neighbor, Jules, sees some changes in Kat as she gets trapped into the whole glamour of the launch. Jules has a falling out with Kat as she chooses the Glitter Girl launch extravaganza over her birthday party which falls on the same day. The two have never had a party apart since they have lived next door to each other.

There are lots and lots of little details that make Kat really human and likable. She hates it when people are mean, yet she falls into the same trap when egged on by Chelsea. She becomes mean to Jules, which makes her feel horrible. At fourteen, she is not above being manipulated but her parents must have done a few things right since she does have great empathy for others around her. Her parents comes off as a bit superficial at first. Her father travels constantly in order to make money and her mother is placated by spending it. By the end of this story, Kat has managed to turn this around.

Overall, this is a story that will make you feel good and teach young teens that peer pressure can affect even the most in tune teen. As Kat becomes true to herself, she becomes stronger and happier. This is also a story about the worth of being popular and the cost. I would recommend this to reluctant readers since there is a bit of a fantasy angle that most young teen girls will enjoy. It is very clean, with just a kiss or two thrown in.
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My fifth grade daughter read this story at least five times, which she tends to do when she REALLY likes a book. She enjoyed the characters, how they related to each other and the tidy story the authors presented. More importantly, the message. With so many forms of media celebrating "brats and bullies", what a refreshing and positive message for preteens. We have picked it up for birthday party presents several times because it is priced so reasonably and young ladies love that bold colorful cover.
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What a perfect story for the tween or teen girl of today struggling with the pressure (and, yes, the desire) to fit in and at the same time striving to be true to herself and her values. The main characters in the book aren't good or bad, but rather the consequences of their lives are the result of decisions that they make, and they're not always black and white ones, either! Well-written, funny, engaging and thought-provoking. After reading Glitter Girl, I went out and bought four copies for all the girls in my family!
(By the way, adults won't be able to put it down, either!)
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