The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein

Lotus Lowenstein dreams of moving to Paris and becoming an existentialist. Yet here she is trapped in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with a New-Agey mom, an out-of-work dad, and a chess champion brother who dreams of being a rock star. Merci à Dieu for Lotus's best friend, Joni, who loves French culture enough to cofound their high school's first French Club with Lotus. At the first meeting, the cutest boy in the world walks in. His name is Sean, and he too loves French culture and worships Jean-Paul Sartre.   Things come to a head when all three depart for Montreal with their teacher, Ms. G, on the French Club's first official field trip. Will Sean choose Joni over Lotus? And will Lotus and Joni's friendship ever recover?

Praise for The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein

"Readers of any age will savor Lotus's panache...Chick lit par excellence." - Kirkus Reviews
"...teens will find this a lively, engaging read." - Booklist
"Honest and witty, Lotus makes you see why buds should always come before boys." - Girl's Life

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Tudor Rules

Amanda, a shy sophomore who feels like the family ugly duckling, finds inspiration and confidence from the story of Anne Boleyn and the Tudors. After finding out that the boy she thought was her boyfriend didn't even think of her in that way, Amanda decides that things have to change. By following Tudor Rules of proper courtly conduct, she finds a new way of struggling through the Court of High School, by transforming herself into an alluring Tudor maiden, and setting her sights on the King of the high school.

The book echoes much of the drama of the Tudor court, with betrayals, low-cut necklines and even an outbreak of a modern plague. When it's almost too late, Amanda learns that getting what you want is sometimes the worst thing that can happen to you.