During their last year in grade school, Lydia and Julie decide that they have to figure out the key to popularity in order to be ready for sixth grade and junior high. Not only do they want to avoid turning into Lydia's older sister, Melody (a once happy and tanned girl turned an unsmiling, pasty goth), the girls are convinced life will be better. Done completely in hilarious, engaging drawings and the handwriting of the two girls, this story follows the best friends on their experiment. Unfortunately, they find themselves not only failing to get popular, but getting mad at each other. Witty, thoughtful, and funny, this middle grade outing is a winner.
Lydia and Julie are best friends with one goal: to crack the code of popularity. Lydia’s the bold one: aspiring theater star, stick-fighting enthusiast, and human guinea pig. Julie’s the shy one: observer and artist, accidental field hockey jock, and faithful recorder. In this notebook they write down their observations and carry out experiments to try to determine what makes the popular girls tick. But somehow, the harder Lydia and Julie try to imitate the popular girls, the farther they get from their goal—and each other. Amy Ignatow understands friendship and the fifth grade, and she knows just how to wring humor out of ordinary and extraordinary moments.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Social Issues / Friendship, Humorous Stories, Social Issues / Values + Virtues, General, Social Issues / Self-Esteem + Self-Reliance, Love + Relationships + Sex
Age Range: 9-12 years
Street Date: August 1, 2011
Item Number (DPCI): 248-69-0143