Seeing Cinderella by Jenny Lundquist

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Magical realism and a modern Cinderella story makes for a fun and relatable M!X read.

Sixth grade is not going well for Calliope Meadow Anderson. Callie’s hair is frizzy, her best friend, Ellen, is acting weird, and to top things off, she has to get glasses. And her new specs aren’t even cute, trendy glasses—more like hideously large and geeky. But Callie soon discovers that her glasses have a special, magical perk: When she wears them, she can read people’s thoughts. Crazy glasses aside, Callie has more drama to face when she’s cast as the lead in the school play—and instead opts to be an understudy, giving the role of Cinderella to Ellen. Can Callie’s magic glasses help her see her way to leading lady, or is she destined to stay in the background forever?

About Jenny Lundquist

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Jenny Lundquist is the author of Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly. She grew up in Huntington Beach, California, and earned a degree in Intercultural Studies at Biola University. Jenny has painted an orphanage in Mexico, taught English at a university in Russia, and hopes one day to write a book at a café in Paris. Jenny and her husband live in northern California with their two sons and Rambo, the world’s whiniest cat.
Published March 20, 2012 by Aladdin. 240 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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In Seeing Cinderella, Callie gets a pair of magical glasses from her optometrist that allow her to see people’s thoughts, which she soon realizes is both a blessing and a curse as she and her friends in drama class set out to put on a class production of, yes, Cinderella.

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