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Star Power: Charly's Epic Fiascos Vol. 3

Kelli London

ISBN 9780758286994
Publish Date 7/30/2013
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Young Adult, KTeen Dafina

Charly St. James takes on her biggest challenge yet when her television show goes for a ratings sweep by making over the life of a not-so-willing small-town teen with a big secret. . .

Charly St. James is on top, and she's determined to keep it that way. That's why she and the producers have come up with a plan to take The Extreme Dream Team to the next level--by turning loners into VIPs. After all, how can you enjoy your new digs if your life is jacked up?

But when Charly meets her first makeover, Nia, she knows she'll have to do more than dress her up and boost her self-esteem. Nia is living in the shade of her twin sister, who is luxuriating in a major case of pretty girl syndrome. And the more Charly tries to get Nia to shine, the more her twin sabotages her mission. Good thing Charly loves a challenge, 'cause these twins' troubles are more than skin deep. . .

Praise For Kelli London

"An amazing tale that is sure to delight, teach, and intrigue teens everywhere!" --Ni-Ni Simone on Boyfriend Season

"Kelli reinvents the urban heroine--she's cuter, smarter, fearless. Excellent read." --Travis Hunter, author of On the Come Up

Discussion Questions

1. Charly was on a mission to make over someone from the inside out. Do you think that’s possible or should you just accept someone for who they are?

2. Charly used methods that would be considered bullying tactics to get the information that she wanted. Because it was for the good of others, do you think it was appropriate or could she have come up with other ways? Discuss.

3. Has there ever been a time when you had to be manipulative to get what you wanted? If so, was it for your best interest or others’?

4. Mya and Nia’s father seemed to play favorites. Do you think that his being there more for Mya helped to push Nia into depression? If he had been there for them equally, do you think Nia would’ve needed as much help?

5. Did Nia really need help or was she just being herself? How do you know if someone needs help or not?

6. Mya chose popularity over being her true self. Have you ever thought that popularity was more appealing than being who you truly are? Why or why not?

7. While we know that doing drugs of any kind is wrong and dangerous, prescription medication and pill parties were discussed in the book because, unfortunately, their use has become a part of life for many. Drug use can lead to death, hospitalization, addiction and, as you’ve just read, accidents. Can you think of anything else drug use can lead to?

8. Should Charly have called the cops or an adult to report the Skittles party? Was she irresponsible for not doing so? Did she fall victim herself to popularity because she didn’t, and snitching is frowned upon and, thus, not popular?

9. Because Mya had a habit of attending Skittles parties, was she addicted?

10. Who would you call if you learned of someone taking drugs? Do you know your local drug hotline? Would you be brave enough to report drug use?

About Kelli London:

Kelli London, aka Kells, has been writing since she was six years old. She’s pro anything that uplifts girls (ok, boys too), is a mentor for A Dream Inc. (a non-profit organization for teens), and creator of Kelli Girls’ Pearls—gems for a girl to live by: Positive Affirmations & Daily Quotes. She lives in The Moment, is a social butterfly (social networking and newsletter butterfly too), has a passion for education, reading, writing, running, chocolate, life and, of course, her readers.

Photo Credit: Marion Saunders


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