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Representing Super Doll

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Whenever teenage beauty Darlene Hoffmeister walked into a room, people tumed to stare and admire her. She always seemed to take it in stride. But when she is chosen to be Teen Super Doll and whisked away from her small town to New York City with her friend and companion, Verna, a startling change takes place.Can Darlene's appearance make up for whatever else she lacks? Sho ...more
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published October 28th 1974 by Viking Children's Books
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Dec 01, 2009 Kara rated it really liked it
What I recall about this book is the really clever writing. Peck does not talk down to teenagers, his heroines are likable and resourceful. This was one of my favorites. Read 30 years ago so do not remember much more than the tone and the feeling it evoked.
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Aug 20, 2008 Kressel Housman rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teenage girls
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
"Miss Teen Superdoll" is the name of a beauty contest, and when farm girl Verna is invited to go to the big city with her friend Darlene, who's competing in the contest, she jumps at the chance. Along the way, she learns some lessons about the falseness of glamour and what real beauty is, especially in herself. The descriptions of her ride from the airport to Manhattan are enough to entertain any Queens native like myself, and the climax of the story is an absolute knock-out.
A sort of parody of beauty pageants, as I recall, told from the perspective of Verna, a candid Midwestern girl
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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

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