In this hilarious debut novel, painfully shy Anna is thrust into the spotlight—and onto the cover of every tabloid—when her father marries one of the world’s most famous actresses.
Everyone wants to be famous…don’t they?
Anna Huntley had very simple goals in life:
1. To recreate famous film scenes with Dog (her pet Labrador) such as the lift from The Lion King during that “Circle of Life” song.
2. To not accidentally set Queen Bee Josie Graham’s hair on fire (again).
3. To keep her very first and only two school friends by not acting in her usual manner of socially inept dork and outcast.
4. And to find out whether points 1 and 2 constitute being socially inept or an outcast.
But after her dad gets engaged to one of the most famous actresses ever and she unexpectedly becomes famous, she has to add a new goal to her list:
5. To find a closet to hide in with Dog (preferably for life).
With the paparazzi moving in and the cool crowd being friendly for the first time ever, Anna must figure out who her real friends are—before her awkwardness is exposed to the whole world.
Twelve-year-old Anna lives in London with her father and dog (named Dog), her most trusted companion. Anna would like to be less of a loser, worries that her ridiculous scrapes (including accidently setting a popular girl's hair on fire) will embarrass her two best friends, and wants class hottie Brendan to ask her to the school dance. When her father announces his engagement to a famous film star, Anna is suddenly thrust into the spotlight as Britain's newest "It Girl." After additional blunders (such as when her X-Men themed long underwear gets exposed on a class trip), Anna decides that it's time to become a true It Girl once and for all. In her debut novel, British writer Birchall shapes Anna's narration around amusing lists and email exchanges, delightfully absurd moments, and dry observations (in reference to a large sushi dinner, Anna thinks, "We were about to consume the entire cast of The Little Mermaid") that may remind readers of Louise Rennison's work. The themes of friendship and being true to oneself are familiar, but Anna's self-deprecating humor and big heart keep the story fresh and entertaining. Ages 9 13.