This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.View all copies of this ISBN edition:
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?
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Macmillan Children's Books, 2005. Paperback. Condition: Used; Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. This book is in good condition but will show signs of previous ownership. Please expect some creasing to the spine and/or minor damage to the cover. Seller Inventory # CHL1227434
Book Description Macmillan Children's Books, 2005. Paperback. Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Seller Inventory # CHL1457496
Book Description -. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. So Super Starry This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. Seller Inventory # 7719-9780330420877
Book Description Macmillan Children's Books 04/02/2005, 2005. Condition: Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 2341-9780330420877
Book Description Macmillan Children's Books 04/02/2005, 2005. Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 6545-9780330420877
Book Description MacMilan, 2006. Paperback. Condition: Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Seller Inventory # mon0002855908
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # TT01419205B
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. Seller Inventory # mon0000136524
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. Seller Inventory # PL01078466B
Book Description Macmillan Children's Books 04/02/2005, 2005. Condition: Good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Seller Inventory # 9053-9780330420877