The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci

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On the outside, Libby Brin is the most popular girl in school. But on the inside, Libby is dying — of boredom. In a moment of desperation, Libby signs up for an internship at the Los Angeles Zoo, much to the dismay of her friends, who’d prefer she spend her time with them, shopping, partying, and making fun of everyone else. Oddly, Libby realizes that she actually enjoys her new job and that she may even like the two "nerds" she works with. Will the Queen of Cool be forced to give up her crown?

About Cecil Castellucci

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Cecil Castellucci is the author of books and graphic novels for young adults including The Year of the Beasts, Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, and First Day on Earth. She is the YA editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books and Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus. Her most recent book is a graphic novel illustrated by Sara Varon, Odd Duck, published by First Second Books. For more information, go to
Published October 9, 2012 by Candlewick. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Albert Camus meets Mariah Fredericks in this smart, edgy take on one adolescent’s search for identity and meaning in life.

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Really, I am the Without-It girl," she realizes, as Perla moves in on Kenji.) The changes in Libby may not be as compelling as the subtle shifts in Egg, the heroine of Castellucci's debut Boy Proof , but readers may well enjoy watching Libby grow up, and hope for more from this promising author.

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