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Susan Lubner

Dear Librarian:

Take one missing uncle, a lucky skull ring, a run-away tarantula, lots of pickles, and an "ordinary" family. Put it all together and you have my debut middle grade novel, THE UPSIDE OF ORDINARY! Full of humor and heart, THE UPSIDE OF ORDINARY is about eleven-year-old Jermaine— so enamored with the idea of becoming famous that she decides to make a reality TV show about her family. Her quest for fame leads to some unscrupulous choices, but Jermaine eventually discovers a better way to achieve notoriety, and an upside of being part of an ordinary but loving family.

I am giving away five signed copies of THE UPSIDE OF ORDINARY... Email me to enter: Winners will be drawn randomly

I would love to visit your New England area library or school! Email me for info and check out my website at

Happy reading,
Susan Lubner

"...pie-in-the-face comedy...believably depicted...Jermaine neatly captures her living-in-the-moment, no-holds-barred attitude. This debut novel offers an amusing lesson on the downside of reality television..." —Kirkus Reviews

"MY FIVE FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE NOVEL: A strong character arc. A strong supporting cast. Believable use of modern technology. Effective use of 1st Person, Present Tense. A satisfying ending." —Middle Grade Mayhem blog

The Upside of Ordinary / Susan Lubner / Holiday House

Price: $16.95 / ISBN: 978-0823424177 / Published: September, 2012

Ages 8-12 / Middle Grade Fiction

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