The school year is almost over. Summer is coming. Kids are going to reluctantly troop into the shop to buy their assigned summer reading, and most of them will be looking for something to counteract it. Something...lighter. More fun. Less...assign-y. Less...mandatory. And just in time, along comes Miss Lucy B. Parker. Charming, flawed, sympathetic main character? Check. Lighthearted writing that nevertheless has some substance behind it? Check. Squeaky clean without feeling babyish? Check. Available in paperback? Check. Lucy B. Parker sends emails to tv host Dr. Maude (presumably a Dr. Phil-esque advice giver) about the trials and travails of her sixth grade life, and the emails are scattered throughout the tale of same. As if it wasn't hard enough starting sixth grade without her two BFFs, who friend-dumped her - on the phone - from the mall - right before school started! - her mother is now dating the father of the most famous young actress/singer on the planet (think Miley Cyrus early in the Hannah Montana years). Lucy's been going through one embarrassing time after another and now she's facing life as the far less attractive, appealing and talented stepsister of the most famous girl on the planet. How much worse can her life get? This novel is charming as all get out and a complete no-brainer handsell. I'm predicting it will be a summer bestseller for me. Over the last couple of years I have very much enjoyed selling Robin Palmer's fairy-tale based contemporary YA novels, which I have happily been selling to tweens due to their lack of very older content. Now it's lovely to see Ms. Palmer turning her hand to novels truly aimed at the tween market, which just seems to be exploding. I love having books that I can hand to anyone without a second thought - reader, mom, grandmother, aunt, birthday gift giver. I love having paperback original series. I love tweeniness. I can't wait for Lucy's next adventure!