Wednesday 30 June 2010

The Queen Of Cool - Cecil Castellucci

The Queen of Cool
Cecil Castellucci
Candlewick Press
ISBN 9780763634131

Meet Libby Brin. She has everything - she in the 'IN' crowd at school, she has academic success without even really trying. She has friends, and status and clothes, and yet she realizes she is bored out of her skull. Her life seems to be perfect but inside she is screaming. Then in a moment of personal insanity she signs up for an internship at the Los Angeles Zoo. She gets paired with Tina (aka Tiny), a little person, and Sheldon the school geek. Each day her life seems to be getting less and less satisfying. The only thing she is really enjoying is her job at the Zoo, but her clique mocks it and keeps pressuring her to quit.
This second book in Cecil Castellucci's LA Trilogy is a lot about relationships, a little about science, and about what is true friendship. It follows Boy Proof and is followed by Beige. Well-written and entertaining, this book will transport you back to high school and maybe help you to challenge your underlying thinking and approach to life. Castelluci has a flowing style of writing; she captures the nuances of a person who is learning to be, or learning to be good at being. I know that her books are among those I will read again and again.

Books by Cecil Castellucci:
Boy Proof (2005)
The Queen of Cool (2006)
Beige (2007)
The P.L.A.I.N. Janes (2007)
Janes in Love (2008)
Geektastic (Editor & Contributor 2009)
Rose Sees Red (2010)
Grandma's Gloves (2010)

First Day On Earth (2011)
Odd Duck (2013)
Tin Star (2014)

Stone in the Sky (2015)
The Plain Janes 3 in 1 (2020)


Music By Cecil Castellucci
Twist Her - Nerdy Girl (1996)
Whoever - Cecil Seaskull (1998)

A Visual Bibliography for Cecil Castellucci
Author profile interview with Cecil Castellucci

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