The Charming Life of Izzy Malone
Izzy Malone, a spunky girl who wants to be part of an elite rowing club, must first attend a very unique charm school in this first novel of a brand-new duology.
Izzy Malone isn’t your typical sixth grader. The stars are her only friends, and after only a month of middle school she’s already set the record for the most trips to the Principal’s office.
The only place Izzy feels at peace is when she’s on the open water, and more than anything else, she wants to become a member of the Dandelion Paddlers, her school’s competitive rowing club. When Izzy’s antics land her in hot water, her parents enroll her in Mrs. Whippie’s Charm School.
Izzy receives a letter, a shiny gold bracelet, and instructions telling her how she will “earn her charm.” Izzy must earn her first charm and actual charms—by performing a series of tasks and good deeds.
After completin some of the tasks—to Izzy’s surprise, she actually finds herself enjoying the course. But when one of her attempts at doing something good is misinterpreted, she fears her chances at passing the course—and becoming a Paddler—are slipping away. With some unexpected friends there to support her, can Izzy manage to earn her charms and stay true to herself?
The start of sixth grade has been tough for "class outcast" Izzy, the only girl at her school who isn't interested in clothes and boys. What does interest outspoken, independent Izzy a competitive rowing club is controlled by a group of popular girls, and Izzy's attempts to fit in with them fail. Her school nickname, Toad Girl, doesn't help, nor does her temper or the fact that her mother is running for mayor of Dandelion Hollow. After Izzy's parents enroll her in a charm school, Izzy must complete a series of tasks to earn charms for her bracelet. However, Izzy's good intentions, such as secretly attempting to weed a neighbor's garden, go badly awry. Lundquist (Plastic Polly) effectively builds tension as each task makes Izzy's life messier, but the friends Izzy meets and things she learns add up to a heartwarming coming-of-age journey. The cozy California town of Dandelion Hollow is populated with a lively cast of secondary characters, and Lundquist deftly portrays the pain of being odd girl out, both at school and at home. Ages 8 12.