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School of Charm Hardcover – 18 February 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover : 293 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 006220758X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062207586
  • Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (18 February 2014)
  • Product Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.57 x 20.96 cm
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 8 - 12 years
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7 ratings

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"...Chip's growth is moving and relatable. The author also makes good use of her 1970s setting, incorporating Elvis's death and touching on racial tensions (one of Chip's fellow students at Miss Vernie's becomes the first black girl to enter the pageant) to give the story a strong sense of place."--Publishers Weekly

"The process of grieving and change is handled realistically in this satisfying novel."--School Library Journal

"[School of Charm] deals with universal themes such as emotional isolation, intergenerational conflict, self-knowledge, and grief. Simply written and engaging, the narrative gathers steam as it travels along to its satisfying conclusion."--Booklist

"Poignant, inspiring debut novel of loss, belonging and being true to yourself."--Kirkus Reviews

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Who' got time for hair curler and high heel when you're buy keeping baby turtle alive?

"Chip" has always been a tree-climbin', fish-catchin' daddy's girl. Then Daddy dies and Mama moves her and her sisters to Grandma's house. Now Chip is struggling to find her place in a family full of beauty queens.

Just when she wishes for a sign from Daddy that her new life's going to work, Chip finds Miss Vernie's quirky School of Charm. Could bizarre beauty lessons and peculiar pageant tricks be the key to making Chip's wishes a reality?

Full of spirit and hope, with a hint of magic, this enchanting debut novel tells the tale of one girl's struggle with a universal question: How do you stay true to yourself and find a way to belong at the same time?

--Booklist