Never Wear Red Lipstick on Picture Day: (And Other Lessons I've Learned)

Never Wear Red Lipstick on Picture Day: (And Other Lessons I've Learned)

Allison Gutknecht

Childrens / Middle Grade

The spirited and sassy eight-year-old Mandy Berr strives to look—and behave!—her best in this sweet and funny tale.Class Picture Day is fast approaching, and Mandy Berr is looking for the perfect accessory that will complete her special outfit. Her fancy-dancy sunglasses, sparkly scarf, and pink handbag are all up for consideration—but Mandy isn't sure those will be good enough. As if picking out an appropriate look for her class picture wasn't enough to worry about, the principal announces a contest for the entire school: whoever exhibits the best behavior in the lunchroom for two weeks gets to have a lunch with him in the mythical teacher's lounge! Mandy is determined to win...but will her nemesis, Dennis, get in her way?
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The Bling Queen

The Bling Queen

Allison Gutknecht

Childrens / Middle Grade

A tween jewelry designer finds herself competing for an online fashion blog spot in this funny and sparkly M!X novel.Twelve-year-old Tess loves fashion, but she has a soft spot for accessories. In fact, Tess runs her own consulting firm for the kids at her school. If you need the finishing touch for middle school dances, special occasions like a thirteenth birthday or bat/bar mitzvah, Tess can make it happen. She loves reading The Miscellaneous Moxie, THE online fashion blog that's as crazy about accessories as Tess is. So when the blog opens up a contest, calling all of their faithful readers to enter to win a chance at designing an accessory of their very own, Tess jumps at the chance to create something that will wow the judges. But things get more complicated when her former BFF turned frenemy, Kayte (who added the y to be "unique"), a self-proclaimed fashion plate, tries to encroach on Tess's turf—and submits her own entries for the blog...
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Sing Like Nobody's Listening

Sing Like Nobody's Listening

Allison Gutknecht

Childrens / Middle Grade

In the tradition of Pitch Perfect, two best friends battle it out for a capella group supremacy in this hilarious M!X novel.Wylie Tennyson and Jada Emmett have been best friends forever. They have done everything together for so long that when Jada decides to try out for their middle school's spring musical production, it was only natural for Wylie to audition as well. After all, how fun would it be to be in the chorus together? The only problem is that Jada has her sights set on much more than the chorus—she's going after one of the lead parts, and wants Wylie to step aside to give her a better shot. Taking a cue from her new favorite television show, Non-Instrumental, Wylie decides to start her middle school's very first a cappella group. She wants to show Jada that it's much better to be part of a team's success than it is to stand under the spotlight alone. This is a great idea, in theory, until Wylie has trouble actually...
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Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants: (And Other Lessons I've Learned)

Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants: (And Other Lessons I've Learned)

Allison Gutknecht

Childrens / Middle Grade

Eight-year-old Mandy Berr learns life lessons with patriotic pizazz in the first adventure of a new chapter book series.Eight-year-old Mandy Berr has a lot going on. She has to share her parents? attention with her newborn twin siblings, who are always crying, and her little brother, Timmy, who is constantly in her way. And she also has to find a way to deal with her nemesis, Dennis, who has a knack for getting under her skin. At least Mandy has the upcoming Presidential Pageant to look forward to at school. She is determined to be President George Washington?she is perfect for the lead part, after all. But when Mandy?s teacher makes a surprising choice, it looks like Mandy will have to keep sharing the spotlight. Can she find her own way to shine? Mandy has some valuable life lessons to learns in this adorable chapter book?including the fact that white pants and polka dot underwear are never a good combination.
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Spring Break Mistake

Spring Break Mistake

Allison Gutknecht

Childrens / Middle Grade

A tween is forced to use her photography skills to track down a missing classmate during a class trip in New York City in this M!X novel from the author of The Bling Queen.After years of suffering through the most boring spring vacations ever, Avalon Kelly is ready for a week of adventure. On a hash-tagged whim, she entered the PhotoReady app's spring break getaway contest to NYC—and won! But right away, this trip of a lifetime isn't turning out as planned. Avalon's best friend isn't one of the PhotoReady winners, which means that not only will Avalon have to venture to the Big Apple by herself, but she'll be assigned a stranger as a roommate. The perky and talkative Sofia seems pleasant enough, but snooty Kensington—who was placed in Room 609 at the last moment due to a mix-up—is a whole other story. Just when Avalon is about ready to abandon the trip entirely, one of the fellow contest winners, the cute and mysterious...
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