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Hillary Homzie

Dear Librarian:

Look, we all know tween girls. They come into your library with lots of drama.

It's definitely a confusing time, and that's why I wrote THE HOT LIST, my second book about middle school. I wanted to address what it's like to be in a constant state of transition, especially with your best friend.

That describes Sophie Fanuchi in the HOT LIST. It's something I understand. In seventh grade, my own best friend told me we needed to downgrade our friendship. Ouch.

I hope the girls who read THE HOT LIST will recognize themselves, as well as laugh out loud. I used to perform sketch comedy Off-Broadway, so making people smile is important to me.

I'm thrilled that Booklist says that THE HOT LIST "captures the angst of young teen friendships and fragile identities. "

Tell me how it's going with your tween readers, and enter to win a signed copy of THE HOT LIST by emailing

In friendship,
Hillary Homzie
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The Hot List / Hillary Homzie / Simon & Schuster Aladdin Mix

Price: $6.95 / ISBN: 978-1442406575 / Published: March, 2011

Ages 9-13 / Middle Grade Contemporary

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