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When your name is Lacey Unger-Ware, how could your life not be full of hilarious escapades? In this good-natured first volume of the Oh My Godmother series, complemented by Halpin's expressive line drawings, the 12-year-old Lacey faces a challenge when new girl Paige Harrington becomes Queen of the Sixth Grade. In a disastrous glitter mishap, Paige's prickly fairy godmother, Katarina, becomes entangled in Lacey's hair. While Katarina recuperates, Lacey must become Paige's fairy godmother or else her own dream of becoming a zoo intern will never come true. First on the spell agenda: make Paige the star of the school play (a musical production of Cinderella, of course). Lacey has her work cut out for her, however, when auditions reveal that Paige can't carry a tune. Further disastrous results ensure plenty of lighthearted humor. Amid her wand waving, Lacey discovers the real reason Paige needs a fairy godmother, a Prince Charming of her own, and perhaps a new BFF. This modern spin on a popular fairy tale will leave tweens LOLing.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2010 Booklist
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With the unfortunate last name Unger-Ware, it's no surprise that 12-year-old Lacey has been nicknamed Underwear Girl by her popular classmate Paige. When Lacey accidently injures the fairy godmother sent to make Paige's dreams come true, Lacey takes the fairy's place and tries to help Paige get the lead in the school musical in this first book in the Oh My Godmother series. At stake are Lacey's own dreams of an internship at the local zoo, and complications arise when Lacey's best friend, Sunny, starts feeling abandoned. With all the twists, mishaps, and slapstick of a sitcom, Brauner and Mattson's lively debut will hook readers from the moment Paige picks up her miniature magic wand. Fairy godmother Katarina is the opposite of her Disney kin, tossing off insults and barbs at every turn, and Lacey is a relatable and fun lead whose growth is organic. Halpin's energetic b&w illustrations (not all seen by PW) are frosting on this comedic confection of a book. Ages 8-12. Authors' agent: Joseph Veltre, Gersh Agency. Illustrator's agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Gr 4-6-When Lacey Unger-Ware gets wet glitter glue stuck in her hair, she never expects it to create a trap. While making a delivery for her father's restaurant, however, she inadvertently captures her nemesis's fairy godmother. The fairy godmother gets injured and can't make Paige's dream of becoming the star of her middle school's musical come true. Fairy rules say that if someone prevents another's dream from becoming a reality, the guilty party will never again have her own dreams come true. That means if Paige doesn't get the coveted role, Lacey won't become the zoo intern for the summer. To make matters worse, Paige can't sing a note to save her life. Can Lacey find a way to make everything right? The characters are well developed, likable, and entertaining, and the plot is involving. The sporadic illustrations are playful and help bring the story to life.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.