Everyone's Talking about Glitter Girl!

"Runkle and Webb’s narrative convincingly conveys the emotions of the characters, allowing readers to consider both sides of Kat and Jules’ conflict.... An empowering message about striving to be true to oneself for middle school readers."

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"Runkle and Webb debut with a twenty-first century take on the idea that 'All that Glitters is not Gold' ...  (It) carries some emotional heft."

                                                                                                 -- Publishers Weekly ​(read full review) 


"GLITTER GIRL flows like a sparkling river through the shifting sands of 8th-grade Alpha Girls and their BFFs. Puberty rocks at Wendell Willkie Junior High, where the motto might as well be: "Study? I'm Here to See My Friends."                 

                                                                                                    -- Richard Peck, novelist

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"A fun book for teens and tweens. . . GLITTER GIRL has a lot to say to teenage readers, given it's probably the most influential time of their lives. Mostly it's a book about friendship loyalty, and doing the right thing; perfect for a high school library!"  

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"Loved it! A story that will make you feel good and teach  young teens that peer pressure can affect even the most in-tune teen. . . A story about the worth of being popular and the cost."

                                                                                                 -- Bookhounds YA ​(read full review) 


"There are many good attributes to this book. It shows teens the power of marketing and peer pressure. (It also) has a strong family dimension. It shows that family is more important than money or things in the final analysis."

                                                                                                 -- Catholic Mom ​(read full review)

                            


                                                                                                                             





A fashion-savvy eighth-grader’s blog garners the attention of a major company.

Due to her skill in discerning forthcoming fashions, Kat is selected to be an Alpha Girl. As one of 50 throughout the county, Kat is chosen to have a sleepover party featuring a new line of teen products and entered into a contest to become the “Face of Glitter Girl.” However, Kat’s fantastic opportunity soon illuminates the differences between her and best friend, Jules, who is skeptical of the project. It also creates tension in Kat’s developing romance with Jules’ older brother, Kyle. Events culminate in a crisis when Kat discovers that the party to reveal the winner of the contest coincides with Jules’ 14th birthday party. Runkle and Webb’s narrative convincingly conveys the emotions of the characters, allowing readers to consider both sides of Kat and Jules’ conflict. They address dilemmas familiar to young adolescent readers, such as friends growing apart and the longing for acceptance. The authors also include more lighthearted milestones, adeptly portraying the giddiness of first dates and first kisses. By the story’s resolution, Kat demonstrates maturity in evaluating her priorities and accepting responsibility for her choices.

Runkle and Webb deliver an empowering message about striving to be true to oneself for middle school readers. (Fiction. 11-14)