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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
FSG Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780374303884288 Pages, Ages 10-14
Leslie Margolis's We Are Party People is sweet, brave, and laugh-out-loud funny, as Pixie Jones learns that stepping out of her comfort zone might not be so scary after all.
"I am the opposite of a mermaid and that’s exactly the way I like it." Shy and quiet, Pixie does everything she can to fade into the background. All she wants is to survive middle school without being noticed. Meanwhile, her parents own the best party-planning business in town. They thrive on attention, love being experts in fun, and throw themselves into party personas, dressing as pirates, princes, mermaids, and more. When her mom leaves town indefinitely and her new friend Sophie decides to run for class president, Pixie finds herself way too close to the spotlight. How far is she willing to go to help the people she loves?
“We need you to be a mermaid next Saturday,” my dad says, all matter-of-fact, like this is no big deal, as if he’s simply asking me to make my bed, which I’m not going to do, either.
We are at breakfast and I’m...
Praise for We Are Party People
“Pixie’s first-person perspective is endearing . . . Give this to fans of gentle, realistic fiction. A solid purchase.” –School Library Journal
“Pixie’s friends, Lola and Sophie, provide an excellent example of what good friends should be, and their relationship will show young readers that good friends help and support each other . . . A fun, fast-paced read.” —Booklist
“Shy middle schoolers who tend to downplay their talents will find inspiration to be brave—and maybe ideas for planning an amazing party as well.” —VOYA
“The fact that Pixie’s friendships never waver give this a twist on the familiar school-and-peers drama, and kids will appreciate both Pixie’s struggles and her growth.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books