Thank you to today’s guest blogger Stefanie Wass (see bio & pic below) and a BIG congrats to author Jenny Lundquist on her newest release!
1. The Imperfect And Oh-So-Believable Main Character:
Polly, the second-most-popular girl at Winston Academy, hides her straight-A report cards, shops for the “right” clothes, and always agrees with her best friend Kelsey.
2. The Premise:
When a freak accident throws Polly into the spot of PlanMaster for a talent show between Winston Academy and its rival school, American River Charter, Polly needs to find her own voice, stand up for her beliefs, and prove to everyone that she doesn’t deserve her “Plastic Polly” nickname.
3. “True Confession” Chapter Titles, Which Give The Reader A Glimpse Into Polly’s Inner Thoughts:
True Confession: “I don’t even like Shattered Stars’ songs, but I buy their music anyway because everyone else likes them.”
4. Polly’s Growth:
At the beginning of the novel, Polly says, “Sometimes it (popularity) makes you choose one best friend over another. You keep your mouth shut, stick a fake smile on your face and pretend you don’t have any problems.”
Later, after surviving diva interference and backstabbing friends en route to organizing a successful talent show, Polly sees things differently:
“I know there may be a day in high school when Kelsey will seek popularity (again) and Alyssa will refuse to come along for the ride. But now I’m ready to find my path. No matter how bumpy and twisty that path is, I’m going to love it. Because it will be my own.”
5. The Message:
Pretending to be something you aren’t isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In Polly’s own words: “It’s taken a while, but I’ve found my own voice. It may be totally off-key, but at least it’s real.”
Stefanie Wass is a member of the Northern Ohio chapter of SCBWI. A finalist in the 2012 National Association of Elementary School Principals Book of the Year Contest, her nonfiction credits include the LA Times, Christian Science Monitor, Seattle Times, The Writer, Cleveland Magazine, Akron Beacon Journal, This I Believe, Cup of Comfort, and Chicken Soup for the Soul. www.stefaniewass.com