Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School by Kimberly Dana


by Kimberly Dana

Young Adult

5 autographed copies will be given away on Friday, May 17, 2013!

About the Book:

Time to put the freak-out on pause because outgoing, boy-crazy Lucy Pringle and shy, studious, bespectacled CeCee Cruz have the goods on how to make middle school the best three years ever! Lucy and CeCee-the official self-proclaimed Madison Heights Middle School experts on how to deal with haters, hormones, and hot lunch dilemmas-are ready to demystify swirlie urban legends and dish about academic and social topics. They’re keeping it real, lacing diary entries with their own daily escapades regarding skater slacker boyfriend crushes, BFF shopping trips to the mall, and BEE (Bitter Eternal Enemies) text wars. The two seventh graders swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth . . . so help them Good Fairy of Popularity. In this handbook, two girls who have already survived boyfriends, sleepovers, nerd crushes, detentions, and runaway pimples share helpful hints and lingo lessons that will help tweens not only survive, but thrive while navigating through all the gory glory of middle school. Check out Lucy and CeCee’s official website at

Winner of Editor’s Choice, Rising Star, and San Francisco Book Festival – Honorable Mention Awards.

Exclusive Interview with the Author! 

1) What genre have you not yet written but really want to try?

Poetry is a genre that eludes but one I’d love to conquer. I absolutely adore Shel Silverstein and would love to write in a similar style. His poems are so quirky and irreverent. When I hear Little Peggy Ann McCay play hookey “Sick” I still laugh out loud.

2) If Oprah invited you onto her show to talk about your book, what would the theme of the show be?

The theme of Oprah’s show would be “Middle School is a Journey.” A journey that not only you can survive – but thrive! Middle school is that confusing time of life when you are neither a child or an adult. Your besties can turn on you and become your worst enemies. The homework starts to pile up. Your parents no longer understand ANYTHING! And then there’s that whole hormone thing. That said, it’s also an exciting time of life that merits celebration and joy. Lucy and CeCee’s Survival Guide chronicles the ups and downs of middle school life, as I would discuss with Oprah. Afterward she would of course send everyone home with a free book!

3)  How did you come up with the characters’ personalities?

I know I wanted two besties who were the total opposites. CeCee would definitely be the shy, studious type. Lucy would be the boy crazy, social butterfly who goes for popular girls’ boyfriends. In middle school, we don’t make the best choices, as both girls discover. But when we learn from our mistakes, evolution takes place. Again, the theme is journey!!

4) If you weren’t a writer, what job would you love to try out?

I’d love to be a singer or an illustrator so I could illustrate my own books. (Just for the record, my art teacher in high school told me to take drama.)

5) What’s your typical celebration ritual when you sell a book or get exciting news about an existing one? Anything strange or quirky we should know about?

I dance around the house with my dog.

About the Author: 

Featured on NBC’s More at Midday, Kimberly Dana is an award-winning author and teacher whose middle school students give her much insight into the world of “tweendom.” She is published by the National Council of Teachers of English and the recipient of several writing honors from Writers Digest and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Other affiliations include the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, where she serves as a judge for the annual eBook competition. Kimberly’s most recent books include her YA thriller, Cheerage Fearage; Lucy and CeCee’s How to Survive (and Thrive) in Middle School; and the delightful picture book, Pretty Dolls, voted Best Children’s Book of the Year by Reader Views. Visit her online at

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