Finding chick-lit for gals — with a brain, that is — can be like finding a needle in a haystack. But I’m never disappointed with the books by Kieran Scott. Her Non-Blonde Cheerleader series (for ages 12 and up) is funny with just a dash of romance and a big helping of girl power.
In a nutshell, the books (I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader, Brunettes Strike Back, and Non-Blonde Cheerleader in Love) are about Annisa. She and her family get relocated from New Jersey to sunny Florida, and she immediately feels like she’s entered the twilight zone — everyone, including the cheerleading squad she’s keen to join, is blonde. Annisa, on the other hand, is brunette and darn proud. So she’s caught between wanting to fit in and being her natural self. I should also mention a certain blonde-haired boy that’s the ying to Anissa’s clumsy, quick-tempered yang.
As a bonus, Kieran Scott broke away from her gal Anissa this summer, and introduced us to KJ, the nicest girl at school with a mad crush on the cool guy and an unfortunate fanbase of total geeks in Geek Magnet. It’s got the same brand of silly comedy and I’ve-totally-been-there situations — and I’m hoping there’s a sequel (or trilogy — fingers crossed!) so I can find out what happens next.
— Jessica, Scholastic.com Staffer