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Luv Ya Bunches (Luv YA Bunches)by Lauren Myracle
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Katie-Rose, Milla, Yasaman, and Violet are happy to be a flower-friend foursome—until a new girl, Hayley, comes to school. Hayley is confident and mysterious and keeps the girls guessing. Katie-Rose worries shes just another Evil Chick, but Violet befriends Hayley and hopes the girls can make room for her in their group. Meanwhile, love is in the air as Milla works up the courage to go on an actual date with the adorable Max, and Katie-Rose receives ten plush hedgehogs from a secret admirer. Even quiet Yasaman gets tangled in the drama when she opens a note from Ms. Perez to Mr. Emerson and realizes its—dun dun dun!—a love letter. Full of juicy secrets, budding romance, and—of course— flower friendship, Awesome Blossom is a fun and satisfying conclusion to the Flower Power series that once again proves Lauren Myracle “has her finger firmly on the pulse of tween girldom” (Booklist).
"Blending instant messaging and screenplay-styled text into the narrative, Myracle (ttyl) begins a new series about the woes of being a tween, featuring four likable heroines all named after flowers. Katie Rose, Camilla (aka Milla), Yasaman and Violet come from different backgrounds and have distinct passions and insecurities (Yasaman is Muslim and an expert with computers; Milla, who has two mothers, struggles with her sense of self). But each could use a new friend as she begins fifth grade ('What Katie-Rose wants is a real friend, the kind that lasts forever'). Their shared distaste for meanness and their enthusiasm for the social networking site that Yasaman creates help draw the girls together — and their desire to get revenge against cruel queen bee Modessa, who has hurt each of them at some point, seals their camaraderie. The novel sends something of a mixed message about the acceptability of teasing as the girls' plot their own prank in response to Modessa's machinations. Still, readers will find the girls' voices enticing and should be able to relate to their conflicts and inner anxieties. Ages 9 — 13." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The Flower Power girls are nurturing their new friendship and busy building LuvYaBunches.com, their very own social-networking site. Their first flower-power task? A doomed campaign to get their school to serve healthier snacks. The Jelly-Yums they championand#8212;soon dubbed and#8220;beans of grossnessand#8221;and#8212;taste like candied beets. And thatand#8217;s just the start of their troubles. It will take all the strength and genuine affection of these pals to weather a particularly stormy week of fifth grade.
What do Katie-Rose, Yasaman, Milla, and Violet all have in common? Other than being named after flowers, practically nothing. Katie-Rose is a film director in training. Yasaman is a computer whiz. Milla is third in command of the A list. And Violet is the new girl in school. Theyand#8217;re fab girls, all of them, but they sure arenand#8217;t friends. And if evil queen bee Medusaand#151; and#8217;scuse me, Modessaand#151;has her way, they never will be. But this is the beginning of a new school year, when anything can happen and social worlds can collide . . .
Told in Lauren Myracleand#8217;s inventive narrative styleand#151;here a fresh mix of instant messages, blog posts, screenplay, and straight narrativeand#151;Luv Ya Bunches, the first in a four-book series, is a funny, honest depiction of the shifting alliances and rivalries that shape school days, and of the lasting friendships that blossom from the skirmishes.
About the Author
Lauren Myracle is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls trilogyand#151;ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8rand#151;and ever since realizing how popular these books are with the tween set, she wanted to write an Internet series just for them. Lauren grew up in Atlanta and lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and three children.
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