The Upside of Ordinary
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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.
Holiday House, 9780823424177, 128pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2012
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.