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The Queen Of Cool
ISBN: 9780763634131
Author: Castellucci, Cecil
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Published: August 2007
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: The author of "Boy Proof" returns with a funny, incisive look at a teenage girl who becomes bored with her popularity and dares to take off her tiara and do something really cool with her life.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-perception; Fiction.
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Zoos; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007018075
Lexile Measure: 510
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
LC Subject:
- Conduct of life
- Schools
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
Target Age Group: Age 15-18
Target Grade: Grade 10-12
Grade level: Grade 10-12
Physical Information: 0.46" H x 7.74" L x 5.47" W (0.41 lbs) 176 pages
Lexile Level: 510
Bargain Category: Animals, Growing Up, High School, Middle School, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 106103
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 4.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q41699
Reading Level: 3.1   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 10.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
"Albert Camus meets Mariah Fredericks in this smart, edgy take on one adolescent's search for identity and meaning in life." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
On the outside, Libby Brin is the most popular girl in school. But on the inside, Libby is dying -- of boredom. In a moment of desperation, Libby signs up for an internship at the Los Angeles Zoo, much to the dismay of her friends, who'd prefer she spend her time with them, shopping, partying, and making fun of everyone else. Oddly, Libby realizes that she actually enjoys her new job and that she may even like the two "nerds" she works with. Will the Queen of Cool be forced to give up her crown?

Contributor Bio(s): CECIL CASTELLUCCI is the author of the young adult novel BOY PROOF. She is also a writer, filmmaker, actress, and singer-songwriter, and engages in many, many other creative pursuits. She says, "Sometimes I feel cool and other times I feel like the biggest loser ever. So I started wondering, what would happen if everything you always thought was cool was suddenly lame? What would happen to you, if you were all of a sudden uncool? And what exactly is ‘cool,’ anyway? This story came out of a desire to figure it all out."
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
This engaging first-person narrative critiques the vacuous existence of teens with no interests other than themselves. In an unguarded moment, LA cool girl Libby signs up for a zoo internship; rather than being a "total snore pie," it turns out to be the best thing she's ever done. Libby's observations--about elephants, chimpanzees, or the popular crowd--are sharp and convincing. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #2)
"Why is it that when you have what seems to be the perfect combination of elements to ensure no-brainer fun -- friends, booze, music, and fancy clothes -- you still all end up in a yawn fest, standing around behind the gym, complaining?" The vacuous existence of teens with no interests other than themselves is given a standard but nonetheless valid critique in this engaging first-person narrative. L.A. cool girl Libby throws parties and thinks up ironic themes like "Pajama Day" and "Ass Backward Day" to try to keep amused at school but finds it increasingly difficult to care about anything. In an unguarded moment, she signs up for an internship at the zoo, and rather than the "total snore pie" her boyfriend predicts it will be, it turns out to be the best thing she's ever done. Though there's nothing revolutionary about Libby's transformation, which involves discovering a love of science and gaining respect for uncool fellow interns Tina (a dwarf) and Sheldon (a "pizza face" who scans the heavens for alien life), her observations are sharp and convincing, whether she's studying elephants, chimpanzees, or that lower life form known as the popular crowd. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 September #1)
When It Girl Libby Brin befriends two outsiders at the Los Angeles Zoo, she realizes that being "cool" may not be all it's cracked up to be. "Readers may well enjoy watching Libby grow up, and hope for more from this promising author," wrote PW. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2006 February #3)

Libby Brin, the Queen of Cool, is bored. "Everything is boring ." The 16-year-old finds no excitement in her classes or even her friends--beautiful Perla, whose "every move results in a disco effect"; Mike Dutko, to whom Perla gives hand jobs in a school bathroom stall; unflappable Sid, who's in a band; and handsome Kenji, with whom Libby often plays "kissy face" but also has "an understanding." To create some drama, she peels off her "fabulous purple gown" at the Fall Formal, puts a paper bag over her head, and streaks (in her underwear) through the gym--then asks herself, "What is wrong with me?" Her apathy sets the stage for cool Libby to do the unthinkable: she signs up for an internship at the Los Angeles Zoo. The brief, episodic chapters make it hard for readers to get to know any of the characters deeply--but perhaps that's the point. They aren't deep--except for "Tiny" Carpentieri, a dwarf, and Tiny's friend, overweight Sheldon, who are also both interns at the zoo, and whose strong sense of self begin to affect Libby in positive ways. ("All this time I've thought I was an It girl. Really, I am the Without-It girl," she realizes, as Perla moves in on Kenji.) The changes in Libby may not be as compelling as the subtle shifts in Egg, the heroine of Castellucci's debut Boy Proof , but readers may well enjoy watching Libby grow up, and hope for more from this promising author. Ages 14-up. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 March)

Gr 8 Up -Libby is cool to the max. However, she's bored with having all new clothes, her own car, and the freedom to go wherever she wants. She begins to question all of her self-indulgent and shallow friends, the drinking parties (with the parents' permission) and smoking pot, and the free sex that goes on without any love or commitment. When she signs up to become an intern at the Los Angeles Zoo, she meets some of the "uncool" kids and sees their strengths and begins to change. While some of this seems contrived and Libby's transformation is a bit facile, the book follows several recent movies that teens are watching. Cool will draw even reluctant readers, and the satisfying ending wraps up all the loose ends. Castellucci clearly knows what goes on in the lives of many teens. This novel should be as popular as her Boy Proof (Candlewick, 2005).-Gail E. Wellman, East Middle School, Binghamton, NY

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