I, Lorelei (Laura Geringer Books)

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Lorelei Connelly is no ordinary eleven-year-old. She's practical and a forward thinker. When her favorite cat, Mud, dies, she starts a journal to him, chronicling her daily life as a sixth grader so that he can continue to follow her rise to fame and fortune as a beloved actress, celebrated chef, and/or bestselling author. She figures it's also a good way to make sure her future biographers don't get anything wrong about her. But when her parents' marriage starts to unravel, Lorelei's lighthearted daily log becomes a poignant and defiantly humorous account of a family in distress as Lorelei grapples with the ground shifting under her feet.

Yeardley Smith engages the reader with wit, candor, and authenticity.

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Yeardley Smith is a novelist, playwright, and actress who has appeared on Broadway, on television, and in films. She is perhaps best known as the Emmy Award-winning voice of Lisa Simpson on Fox's hit television show The Simpsons. When she isn't working, she's knitting. Yeardley lives in Los Angeles. This is her first novel.

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Grade 5–7—In the form of a diary addressed to her recently deceased cat, Mud, and any future biographers wishing to write about her, Lorelei Lee Connelly, 11, chronicles her life as a sixth grader at a private school in Washington, DC, and as the middle child and only girl in a family in crisis. Trying out for the part of Wendy in the school's production of Peter Pan; navigating relationships with schoolmates, including moody best friend Jennifer, bully Matt, dreamboat Bo, and outcast Saylor; and grappling with the confusion and fear surrounding her parents' disintegrating marriage, Lorelei gives spirited accounts of her days. Thanks to the insight of Mr. Blair, a teacher who recognizes her comic talent, she lands the part of Tiger Lily (to the disappointment of her self-absorbed mother, who played Wendy at Princeton) and throws herself into preparation for the play. Lorelei's dramatic and social success can't alleviate the feeling of rejection when her mother barely notices her achievements, and of disillusionment with her father when he decides to move to Massachusetts with his girlfriend, but the wisdom of Mr. Blair, her love for her brothers, and her indomitable spirit carry her through. The complexity of human behavior, nuanced character development (even in minor characters), and, above all, Lorelei's authentic and endearing voice provide a richly layered reading experience. This funny, poignant story of self-centered parents and appealing, resilient children is a winner.—Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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