Saturday, April 25, 2009

"I can't wait to tell them. And I can't wait for the day when adults take kids seriously."

In honor of Earth Day, spring, and My Life in Pink & Green by Lisa Greenwald, we have changed our look--we hope you enjoy it! Coming soon: an awesome picture of us somewhere in Chicago! I have been reading a lot of great debut fiction in the past month and I'm especially happy to come across a title which includes three great qualities: 1. It's appropriate for kids in Middle School (where I spend most of my time!), 2. It addresses several important issues without being obnoxious, and 3. It has a cool, kick-butt girl protagonist.

Lucy Desberg's family is in trouble. Big trouble. They own and operate a local pharmacy, but business is not good. Her mother and grandmother are unable to pay their bills and there is a chance that they will lose their livelihood. Lucy has always loved owning the pharmacy and spending her time working there. She can't imagine their lives without it. While doing research for the Earth Club, which her best friend Sunny has encouraged her to join, Lucy comes across a local grant for businesses that are willing to "go green." Although she sees the grant as an opportunity to save her family's business, no one but her sister Claudia, who is going to school hundreds of miles away, and Sunny will take her seriously.

My Life in Pink & Green addresses the idea of supporting local businesses in a meaningful way, rather than just paying lip service to shopping locally. Lucy works to make the experience of shopping at Old Mill Pharmacy unique to their customers. She continues on, even when the adults around her seem to think she's "cute" rather than serious. Can she come up with the perfect idea for the grant? Will the adults who will ultimately make the final decisions take her ideas seriously? Is it too late to save Lucy's home and family business?

Lisa Greenwald's My Life in Pink and Green was published March 1, 2009.

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