Suddenly, I heard this rhythmic clomping sound. Shuffling
down the hall in wooden clogs was a girl with a mane of hot pink
hair. On anyone else it would have looked absurd or cheap. But
for her it worked. Tremendously. It was like her hair was a reflection of some inner radiance.
"That's Amanda Munger," Mimi whispered. "Otherwise
known as Girl Wonder."
It's not easy being the new girl.
As if transferring during senior year weren't hard enough, Charlotte Locke has
been bumped to lower-level classes at her new school. With no friends, a
terrible math SAT score, and looming college application deadlines, the future
starts to seem like a black hole.
Then Amanda enters her orbit like a hot-pink meteor, offering Charlotte a ticket
to popularity. Amanda is fearless, beautiful, and rich. As her new sidekick,
Charlotte is brought into the elite clique of the debate team - and closer to
Neal, Amanda's friend and the most perfect boy Charlotte has ever seen.
Senior year is finally looking up . . . or is it? The more things heat up
between Charlotte and Neal, the more he wants to keep their relationship a
secret. Is he ashamed? Meanwhile, Amanda is starting to act strangely
competitive toward Charlotte. Could her new BFF be hiding something?
As it gets harder for Charlotte to determine what's fake and what's real in her
new relationships, she'll need to discover that the real stars - the kind that you
can navigate by - are closer than she realizes.
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"Any girl who has done her time as an outsider, been dazzled by the wrong crowd, or felt the weight of an uncertain future will cheer for Charlotte as she takes a leap and lands on her own solid ground." - Holly Cupala, author of TELL ME A SECRET
"Once I started reading GIRL WONDER, I couldn't put it down. I was drawn into Charlotte's world - full of vivid characters, risky acts, and increasingly treacherous social waters. Alexa Martin writes fearlessly about the high expectations and hard choices faced by today's teens."
- L.K. Madigan, author of FLASH BURNOUT and THE MERMAID'S MIRROR
"A solid debut captures the social maelstrom that is high school... Martin keeps
readers involved with her distinctive, colorful and believable characters and by
placing Charlotte in a fractured but realistic family life. The prose moves
along nicely, mixing Charlotte's introspection with active scenes. Amanda may be
wonderful, but Charlotte is the one who shines. Insightful - and entertaining
too." - Kirkus
"Martin's tale is a sophisticated read intended for older adolescents. She is
forthright in describing unpleasant conditions of high school life in which new
students can find themselves rejected and harassed. She also lets readers see
into the confused mind of a young girl who wants to belong and feel important."
- ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) pick for March 2011
"Charlotte's voice is honest and relatable... Her ultimate self-acceptance is
gratifying." - Publishers Weekly