Makeovers by Marcia (Hardcover)

By Claudia Mills

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374346546, 160pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2005

List Price: 16.00*
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Pretty is as pretty does

Pretty, popular Marcia Faitak is not her usual self. Over the summer she gained five pounds, and when school begins, Marcia, desperate for an invitation from Alex Ryan to the October dance, goes on a diet. In art class, she's supposed to bring a red apple to life on paper, but all she wants to do is eat it. Mr. Morrison doesn't like her work anyway: disdainfully, he calls her drawing of a beautiful girl "Barbie." Worse than art is social studies. This is the year that kids have to choose their community service project. When Ms. Williams signs up Marcia to work at the local nursing home, she's aghast. What can she possibly do for a bunch of old people in wheelchairs? Since experimenting with makeup is Marcia's favorite activity, her half sister suggests "Makeovers by Marcia."

In the fifth and final story in Claudia Mills's funny, philosophical series about the West Creek Middle School kids, Marcia discovers the nature of true beauty - and even learns to draw it.

About the Author

Claudia Mills is the author of "Losers, Inc.; You're a Brave Man, Julius Zimmerman; Lizzie at Last; Alex Ryan, Stop That!"; and many other books for young readers. She lives in Boulder,


Praise For Makeovers by Marcia

"Mills...manages to develop the interpersonal dynamics in a way recurrent readers will appreciate while still including enough single-volume focus for new fans. This will suit girls keen on the lip gloss and flirtation but looking for a bit more thought behind them." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This humorous, appealing tale is realistic, touching, and evenly paced." -- School Library Journal

"Mills lays out her themes for her audience clearly but not patronizingly, and always realistically and with good humor." -- The Horn Book

"Terrific title with spot-on dialogue, characters, and humor. Though it can be read independently, fans of the first four will giggle, groan and gush as they relate to Marcia's angst. As unblemished as a good makeover." -- Kirkus Reviews"Mills' realistic characters-kids, teachers, parents, and the elderly-show anger, sadness, humor, and surprise. Readers new to the series will want the other books, too." -- Booklist
"The dialogue is on target, and the characters ring true with their humorous and passionate take on life. Mills creates a funny and touching middle school world, filled with recognizable and believable characters." -- VOYA