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My life in pink & green
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Displaying a lively familiarity with the topics of makeup, makeovers and adolescent angst, Greenwald makes a bright debut with this timely story. Prospects look grim for the Old Mill Pharmacy run by 12-year-old Lucy's mother and grandmother. In order to drum up more sales, Lucy decides to offer customers beauty tips and free makeup applications. Although her efforts prove somewhat fruitful, her best idea comes after she joins her school's earth club: what if they add an eco-spa to the pharmacy? Like the recent Teashop Girls, also about an enterprising preteen trying to save a family business, this novel takes an upbeat approach to serious issues-money struggles and impending foreclosure-underscoring the optimistic message that one individual can make a difference. Ages 10-14. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

  School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-While opening mail at the Old Mill Pharmacy, 12-year-old Lucy Desberg discovers that her family's business is on the verge of foreclosure. The enterprising, spunky girl decides to help out by offering her make-up and makeover services to the store's clientele. As word of the seventh grader's cosmetic expertise spreads, her confidence grows, and she begins to envision other ways to save the pharmacy, including reinventing an unused space in the store as a relaxation room. Motivated by these successes, Lucy and her older sister secretly apply for the town's "Going Green Grant," hoping to expand the pharmacy into Connecticut's first eco-spa. Listeners will root for Lucy-she's selfless, not selfish; smart, not smart-mouthed; and her excitement for her future is infectious. Cassandra Morris narrates Lisa Greenwald's debut novel (Amulet, 2009), authentically conveying Lucy's earnest enthusiasm, her girlish squeals of delight, and her frustration at not being taken seriously by her mother and grandmother. Perhaps the only downside to Morris's voice work is that she does too good of a job of channeling Sunny, Lucy's best friend, whose whiny voice is grating. Fortunately, her limited role doesn't detract from Lucy's encouraging story of one girl's quest to make a difference in the world.-Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Twelve-year-old Lucy Desberg is a natural problem solver. After the local homecoming queen shows up at her family's struggling drugstore with a beauty disaster that Lucy helps to fix, Lucy has a long line of makeover customers for every school dance and bat mitzvah. But all the makeup tips in the world won't help save the pharmacy. If only she could find a way to make the pharmacy the center of town again--a place where people want to spend time, like in the old days. Lucy dreams up a solution that could resuscitate the family business and help the environment, too. But will Lucy's family stop fighting long enough to listen to a seventh-grader?<br> <br> This book is a funny and sweet debut featuring an unforgettable narrator who knows what she wants, whether it's great makeup, a killer business plan, or a better world.<br> <br> F&P level: T<br> F&P genre: RF
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