Fame, Glory, and Other Things on My To Do List

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Walker & Company

A PC school principal turns West Side Story into a comedy of errors. Sixteen-year-old Jessica dreams of Hollywood fame, and when Jordan moves into her small town, she dreams of him, too. He’s a movie star’s son, and hey, he’s gorgeous to boot. Jordan has always wanted to get out from the shadow cast by his superstar father, but now that he and his mother have moved so far away from LA, how can he get his divorced parents back together? Jessica convinces Jordan the way to get his father to come for a long visit is to be a part of the school play. And if she’s “discovered” in the process, all the better. Things go wrong when she lets Jordan’s secret identity slip, and grow even more disastrous when the principal tries to change West Side Story into a gang free, violence-free, politically correct production. In the same romantic and sharply witty spirit of Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws, Janette Rallison delivers another comic gem that teen readers are sure to love.

Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Free Throws

CoverFinalLG-PursuitOfFreeThrowsGoing head-to-head with your best friend is never easy, on the court or off. Josie loves hottie Ethan Lancaster, the captain of the basketball team, but she never can do or say the right thing in front of him. So how can it be fair that Ethan is only interested in her best friend, Cami, when Cami isn’t even trying for his affection? Or is she? Cami dreams of winning her basketball team’s coveted MVP award, and earning the chance to take the court during a special halftime demonstration with WNBA star Rebecca Lobo, but her best friend, Josie, is a better player. So how can it be fair that Josie is a shoo-in for the honor if she is barely interested in basketball in the first place and isn’t even trying to be the best? Or is she? Told from two points of view, this novel of freshman life, love, and the pursuit of free throws displays the same delightful humor as Playing the Field and All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School. As sports become a more integral part of girls’ lives, it’s important to see this experience reflected in teen fiction. Following on the heels of the success of All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School, and accompanied by the paperback release of Playing the Field, Janette Rallison hits the mark again with a third wry, witty, romantic comedy. The climax of the story features a cameo appearance by real-life WNBA superstar Rebecca Lobo.

It’s a Mall World After All

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A Young Adult Novel. Shopping for love can cost a girl her dignity. Charlotte has a job as a perfume spritzer in the local mall—a perfect job for spying on her classmates who hang out there. But when she sees her best friend’s boyfriend flirting with another girl, it begins a series of hilarious, often-foiled attempts to catch him in the act of cheating. Whether she’s eating table centerpieces at the country club, or setting the winter dance aflame (literally!), it seems like the only place she can be inconspicuous is at the mall. Through it all, the gorgeous and infuriating Colton is there laughing at her. But when she and Colton dress up as Santa and his elf for a school service project at the mall, they get more attention than they bargained for—leading to a mall brawl, a moment of truth, and the realization that being right isn’t always a one-size-fits-all solution.

All’s Fair in Love, War, and High School

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A Teen Novel. Sixteen-year-old Samantha Taylor is used to having things go her way. But when she tanks the SATs, her automatic assumptions about going to college don’t appear to be so automatic anymore. She determines that her only hope for college admission is to win the election for student body president. When her current boyfriend dumps her less than three weeks before the prom, Samantha is determined to win the election and find a dream prom date, no matter what it takes. After all, all’s fair in love and war—and high school!