Books by Lisa Greenwald

TBH, THIS IS SO AWKWARD by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"This first in a new series for preteens and young teens who value friendship and doing the right thing is pretty endearing. (Fiction. 8-13)"
In a story told entirely through text messages, emails, homework assignments, handwritten notes, and diary entries, three longtime besties discover it's OK to welcome new friends into your life without leaving the old ones behind. Read full book review >
11 BEFORE 12 by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Yet another novel about dreading middle school, this breezy beach read is well-done but offers little new. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Two BFFs tackle the anxiety-riddled transition to middle school by creating a list of 11 things to accomplish before their 12th birthdays in November. Read full book review >
KALE, MY EX, AND OTHER THINGS TO TOSS IN A BLENDER by Lisa Greenwald
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 30, 2017

"Decent enough for readers looking for something fast and fun to pack in a beach bag, but young feminists will likely throw it at the wall. (Fiction. 13-17)"
It's summer before senior year, and Mia, who needs a boyfriend to "feel like a person," finds herself on the receiving end of a publicly humiliating breakup. Read full book review >
PINK & GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Lucy's inimitably irrepressible manner makes her a fine guide through the shoals of early adolescence. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Change is looming for 13-year-old Lucy. Read full book review >
WELCOME TO DOG BEACH by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"Remy's quiet tale of change and growth marks a promising start to a new series. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A characteristically sensitive exploration of the emotional life of preteens from Greenwald. Read full book review >
MY SUMMER OF PINK & GREEN by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Through Lucy's perseverance and entrepreneurial spirit, Greenwald reminds readers that dreams are worth pursuing. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In this sequel to My Life in Pink & Green (2009), 13-year-old Lucy returns, industrious, resourceful and determined to succeed. Read full book review >
REEL LIFE STARRING US by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This funny, nuanced tale offers keen observations on middle-school life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
For eighth-grader Dina, being the new girl at school is a disaster. Read full book review >
SWEET TREATS & SECRET CRUSHES by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

Seventh-grade friends Olivia, Georgia and Kate can't wait for Valentine's Day. Olivia hopes that Phillip Becker-Jacobs, the constant subject of her Observation Notebook, will give her a handmade valentine; Kate is convinced her latest crush will ask her out; and Georgia is looking forward to a special dinner at Chen's Kitchen, her family's restaurant. When a blizzard disrupts their Valentine's Day plans, the girls, stuck in their Brooklyn apartment building, try to salvage the day by making fortune cookies in Chen's Kitchen and delivering them to their reclusive neighbors. Olivia, Georgia and Kate hope the treats will spread some cheer and bring everyone together, but as the day progresses, they find their friendship falling apart, and the building feels as lonely as ever. Olivia has always believed there's a bit of magic in Chen's Kitchen's cookies, and that's exactly what the girls need to stop Valentine's Day from being a complete disaster. As told in their alternating voices, Olivia, Georgia and Kate's escapades—filled with nosy parents, pesky siblings and plenty of boy drama—will resonate with young teens. The story is as sweet as the treats the girls dole out. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
MY LIFE IN PINK AND GREEN by Lisa Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

When 12-year old Lucy learns the family pharmacy might close, she decides to attract customers using her preternatural knowledge of make-up application and products. When not giving the homecoming queen lip-gloss advice and booking appointments, Lucy helps her best friend Sunny deal with the many mini-mortifications of a first crush. The squeals, giggles and tiffs between these best buds teetering on adolescence allow readers a glimpse of true tweendom. Boys still seem mysterious, like aliens, and to Lucy they remain more annoying than infatuating. Preteens will enjoy Lucy's sweet first-person narrative, a disarming combination of innocence and earnestness. She feels sick of adults patronizing her and treating her like a little kid, particularly her flaky mom and no-nonsense grandma. A Going Green grant for local businesses seems a perfect way to make the pharmacy relevant again and prove that she should be taken seriously. Greenwald clearly takes preteens seriously, emphasizing their ardent concern for the environment and desire for change. This refreshing novel successfully delivers an authentic and endearing portrait of the not-quite-teen experience. (Fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >