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Lulu in LA LA Land
Wolf, Elisabeth (Elisabeth Caron), 1964- , author.
Publication Information:
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, [2013]
Physical Description:
261 pages ; 20 cm
Down-to-earth Lulu does not fit with her glamorous, Hollywood A-list family but as her eleventh birthday approaches she writes a screenplay about her efforts to throw a birthday party her parents and sister might actually attend.
Reading Level:
Ages 9 and up.

650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 5.0 162643.
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Lights! Camera! ACTION! Lulu in LA LA Land. A screenplay by Lulu Harrison. Scene 1: ZOOM IN on Hollywood mega stars LINC and FIONA HARRISON singing happy birthday to their daughter LULU. Lulu blows out the candles, and they all gather for a group hug. CUT! If only real life were like the movies. Instead, Lulu Harrison's massively important eleventh birthday is just three weeks away and her parents still haven't RSVPed! Lulu's not like the rest of her glamorous Hollywood family. She likes tamales and they like tofu. She likes gardening and they like grooming. But all she wants for her birthday is for her whole family to be there. Together. So this year she's planning a super fabulous SPA-tacular party. But what if trying to fit in leaves Lulu feeling even more like she was cast in the wrong family?

Author Notes

Elisabeth Wolf is a bit Lulu. She lives in Los Angeles where she grows fruits, vegetables, and native flowers. Every so often, she loves a good shopping trip and pedicure. Lulu in LA LA Land is her first book.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Lulu is the daughter of a popular actor and a powerful director. She is kind, highly intelligent, and wants to save the earth. She is not fashion obsessed, doesn't own a cell phone, and would rather do a beach cleanup than go shopping. In other words, she is the total opposite of the rest of her family and most of the students in her school. Her one wish for her upcoming eleventh birthday is that her parents attend her party for the first time. Her older sister volunteers to plan a bash that their parents will enjoy, but it's going to conflict with the Academy Awards and her parents have both been nominated. When the popular girls her sister invited decide not to attend in lieu of a more promising-sounding party, Lulu channels her director mother and takes over the planning, inviting who she wants and tricking her parents into making an appearance before the awards ceremony. Told in the form of a script, this charming book will appeal to girls who love stories about the lives of the rich and famous.--Roush, Suanne Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Lulu feels like an alien child in her Hollywood royalty family-her dad is a handsome superstar and her mom is a famous director. Her fashionable, hip older sister, Alexis, fits right in with her love of parties, pampering, and Pilates. Lulu is a frizzy-haired, irrepressible braniac who loves organic, homemade anything. Instead of befriending the school's in-crowd, she feels more at home hanging out with her nanny, the pool and taco-truck guys, and her unpopular best friend, Sophia. All Lulu wants for her upcoming 11th birthday is for her incredibly busy parents to come to her party. Bossy Alexis thinks Lulu needs a "Spa-tacular" bash to up her cool factor with massages, mani-pedis, facials, and hairstyling. Alexis's list of attendees includes the snooty Pop girls (who have snubbed Lulu at every turn) and excludes uncool Sophia. With both parents up for Academy Awards and the award night falling on the day of the celebration, Lulu's birthday wish appears doomed. But the sisters join forces and come up with a devious plan to ensure their parents' attendance. Wolf uses the clever device of presenting the story as a movie script. Girls, especially, might enjoy reading it with a friend and acting out the parts. The book will appeal to readers who want a glimpse of the glamorous life of Hollywood through the eyes of a self-described "Not Fitter Inner." Others will enjoy the novel simply for its fun, infectious humor and satisfying, light storytelling.-Diane McCabe, John Muir Elementary, Santa Monica, CA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Lulu's Beginning


My mom, dad, and sister suspect that I'm from another planet. They believe that I'm the Alien Child. I'm sure of it. My family is glamorous. The Harrisons are Hollywood royalty at its best, except for me. I've got massively different ideas on how life should be.

My name is Lulu Harrison, daughter of the super cool actor Lincoln Harrison and famous film director Fiona. I'm little sister to fashionable, fancy fifteen-year-old Alexis. My address is 15000 Stone Canyon Road, Bel Air, California (that area between Beverly Hills and Brentwood).

You'd think my life was pampering and parties. Well, it could be, but the problem is, I'm the Not Fitter Inner. I love to garden. The rest of my family loves to groom. I love to bake. They love to buy. I love science experiments. They love strenuous exercise (like yoga or Pilates). Are you starting to understand?


Here's what it means to be a Not Fitter Inner.

Everyone who ever meets my dad or reads about him thinks he's dreamy. They're not wrong. He's got thick, wavy brown hair and forest-green eyes. BUT I have this secret idea he doesn't even know where my room is in the house. I'm one gazillion percent sure he doesn't know the name of my best friend, my favorite food, or what grade I'm in.

My mom is tall, thin, and beautiful. Sometimes she can be the warmest, kindest mom on the planet. But most of the time she's distracted. Being a director, she's used to bossing people around and making sure everything around her is perfect. I don't try to act anything like perfect, and I sure don't want to be bossed around.

My sister, Alexis, is flaw free, or at least that's what she's always telling me. She has thick, dark hair that's always blown out. She has an L.A.-style toothpick body. People constantly mistake her for a young actress. She loves that beyond belief.

Here's how I look: plain. I have frizzy, shapeless brown hair that I never have time to cut or brush. I've got pale skin with overlapping freckles. I'm average height and just a little teeny-tiny bit extra chunky. I sure don't want to look like those walking skeletons you see around L.A. My best feature on the outside is my deep-green eyes. My other best parts that you can't see, like my brain and my feelings, my family doesn't care about. Out of sight, out of mind.


In case you secretly believe being a kid in this family is easy, forget it! Here's what being different means:

1. Whenever I get stuck going to boring stores with Alexis, I accidentally spray myself with room freshener, thinking it's perfume. She laughs at me.

2. Even though Alexis commands me to get a two-piece bathing suit, I can never find one that works. Either the top fits and the bottom doesn't, or the bottom fits and the top doesn't. So, I only wear one-piece suits. Alexis laughs at me.

3. I bring a book to movie premieres. If the movie seems stupid, I sneak-read with an orange clip-on book light. My mother gets mad and sends me out of the theater. Alexis laughs at me.

4. My mere existence makes Alexis laugh at me, like I'm a walking joke.

Here's who I truly am: that white iris that pops up in the thick, beautiful garden of all purpley-blue ones. That's really a famous Vincent Van Gogh painting. It hangs in the nearby Getty Museum. I'm the flower that just came up the wrong color, but the truth is that painting wouldn't be a masterpiece if it wasn't for the white iris. If Van Gogh just painted all blue and purple irises, zillions of people over the last hundred years would walk by that painting and say, "Nice goopy brush strokes. Very pretty," and then they'd shuffle past. But that white iris makes people stop and stare, and absolutely, positively know they're looking at a grande masterpiece.


In one month, it's going to be my eleventh birthday. I'm planning the most fantastico party. There's something about double digits-well, real double digits. I mean, that zero next to the one in ten, is, well, zero. It doesn't count. Those tall, straight ones, side by side, have a real meaning, like standing up for who you are. Eleven will be my Best Year Ever! The Harrisons will understand that I'm an important, creative, spectacular member of this family.

Because I live in Hollywood, I'm going to document my story by writing my own screenplay. This is it: Lulu in LA LA Land. I've never actually written a script before, but everyone in L.A. does (even our dog nanny and pool dude).

Most of all, my parents live, breathe, eat, and work in a world created by scripts. Movie scripts are what my parents read more than anything else. Why not take a shot at one?

So, here goes...

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