The Upside of Ordinary (Hardcover)

By Susan Lubner

Holiday House, 9780823424177, 128pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2012

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Eleven-year-old Jermaine wants to be famous: limo-riding, camera-flashing, crowd-waving famous. Since her family isn't likely to move from Maine to Hollywood so she can become a movie star, she decides she'll make a reality TV show about her family and friends. Jermaine quickly realizes that her everyday life is boring, so to kick up her show a notch, she starts staging events to elicit more humor, more drama, more excitement. This laugh-aloud debut novel takes a lighthearted look at unbridled ambition, the cult of celebrity, the reality behind reality TV, and the upside of being part of an ordinary family.

About the Author

Susan Lubner has written three picture books, including Noises at Night, which was named a 2006 Today Show Best Pick for Young Children.  This is her first novel.  She lives in Southborough, Massachusetts.