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MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES by Erin Dionne

MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES

By Erin Dionne

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: March 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3296-4
Publisher: Dial

Fat girl, entered into a plus-size beauty contest by her interfering aunt, decides to lose weight so that she’ll be too thin to compete in an event she considers to be more than mortifying. It’s a clever premise, and the most winning part of the book is the beauty pageant itself, which gives readers the opportunity to see the inside workings of the process. These scenes are far more engaging than the more familiar fat-girl-at-school material, which pits 13-year-old protagonist Celeste against a thin meany who is trying to steal her best friend. The beauty competition is presented as a multilevel affair that happens over a period of time, which gives Celeste the opportunity not only to shrink in size but to grow from passive and dull to resourceful and sympathetic. Although it’s slow to gain traction and a bit too explicit in terms of life lessons learned, readers will warm to Celeste as she becomes a competitor in the Miss HuskyPeach contest, to say nothing of life itself. (Fiction. 8-12)