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Octavia Clairbrook-Cleeve wants just one thing: to be normal. But what chance of that at Darlinham House School - where t'ai chi, feng shui and media studies are the biggest subjects on the curriculum and where she's surrounded by 'the Darlings' - loaded 'blonde pygmies' like India, Asia, Twinkle and China! Octavia's mum - star of a US sitcom - despairs of her daughter's lack of hunger to be photographed at the right party, in the right dress, on the arm of Mr Right. But then Octavia meets handsome, A-list Alexis - and finds herself catapulted suddenly, horrifyingly, right into the glossy, name-dropping world she has tried so hard to avoid. Can an over-sized, under-glamorous girl like Octavia ever really belong at the top?
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Rose Wilkins grew up in rural Wales but now lives in West London. She studied Classics at university and is the great-great niece of Charles Kingsley (of WATER BABIES fame). She works in publishing.From School Library Journal:
Grade 6-8–When 15-year-old Octavia is invited to India's party, she knows it's only so that India can meet Drake, the superstar in her filmmaker father's movie. Both girls attend London's Darlingham House, a school for celebrity offspring. However, while India is the typical "Darling" blonde and the daughter of a rock star, Octavia is six feet tall, doesn't care about status, and sees herself as C-list at best. At the party, India's brother falls for Octavia and she soon finds that she enjoys dressing up, flirting, and going to bars and clubs with him. Her mother, a star in an American sitcom, is thrilled they are dating and appearing in celebrity magazines. Her father, who divorced her mother when he realized he was gay, is amused and cautioning. Eventually, Alex reveals himself to be just as shallow as his sister and her friends. In the end, Octavia, who always disliked her mother's enthusiasm for the superficial, develops a new respect for her. The plot is predictable and time-worn, but Octavia has a fresh and funny voice, and kids will love her attitude about her school: "...most of the people here exhibit the very best that genetic inheritance, cosmetic enhancement, and designer labels can offer." Her two unaffected friends provide a nice counterpoint to all the "Darlings." Chapters are short, making the story a good choice for reluctant readers. Not as lively as Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries (HarperCollins, 2000), this anti-celebrity book will appeal most to kids who are, ironically, starstruck themselves.–Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
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