Real TV, Take One: Changing Faces   -     By: Wendy Lawton
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Real TV, Take One: Changing Faces

Moody Publishers / 2004 / Paperback

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Senior year = one word: STRESS.

Stressed to the max in her senior year, Olivia O'Donnell fills every spare moment of her week with frenetic activity. Aiming to be valedictorian, homework is top on her priority list, but she always manages to find time to watch Changing Faces with her best friend since kindergarten, Jane Broga--at least it used to be always. Lately Olivia is so consumed by her day planner checklists that the most important people in her life are somehow getting inched out of her harried schedule. To make matters worse, Jane strikes up a friendship with Olivia's longtime archenemy, Aubrey Ainsley. Will Olivia hit a breaking point when she unexpectedly starts volunteering at a homeless shelter in order to clinch the valedictorian spot? Can she learn to have compassion for others who don't seem to try as hard as she does? And when Changing Faces comes into her life, will it drive a wedge between Olivia and Jane or draw them closer again?

This is the first installment of Wendy Lawton's new Real TV series inspired by reality television programs on The Learning Channel, Style Network and BBC Television such as Fashion Emergency!, Date Patrol, What not to Wear and A Second Look. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0802454135
ISBN-13: 9780802454133
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 13-18
Series: Real TV

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Publisher's Description

Dive into Wendy Lawton's newest teen fiction series based on the reality television craze called Real TV - Real Transformations. In Changing Faces, Olivia O'Donnell wins a total fashion makeover on the hot, new reality TV show of the same name. After her whirlwind trip to Hollywood, she comes home sporting a polished, uptown look. As she deals with her over-committed schedule and the changed attitude of those around her, she has to face the fact that her polish is only skin deep.

Author Bio

WENDY LAWTON, an award-winning writer, sculptor, and doll designer, founded the Lawton Doll Company in 1979. She currently works as an agent for the Books & Such Literary Agency. Wendy has written numerous books, including six for her Daughters of Faith series and four for her Real TV series. Wendy is active in her church and is a frequent speaker for women's groups. Wendy and her husband, Keith, are parents to three adult children and live in Hilmar, California.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 1, 2009
    I am 14 and I just finished reading this book. I really enjoyed it a lot. I liked how it ended up not having any dating in it. It had a good message to it and a lot of Bible verses were used in it. But yet it was fun and fashionable yet realistic and I felt like I could relate to Olivia.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    March 19, 2005
    C Russell
    Olivia O'Donnell's senior year hasn't started off too well. On the first day of school she finds herself in a three-way tie for valedictorian and needs to come up with a volunteer position to give herself an edge over the competition. As she schedules volunteer time in her already over-crowded day planner, other things get crowded out-family, friends, homework. But an unexpected stint on a makeover show gets her to thinking about others, especially those women trying to start a new life in the shelter. Olivia learns about what is really important in life and uses that knowledge to help out others.This is a book I'd recommend to my daughter.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 13, 2004
    Bonnie Bruno
    Award-winning author Wendy Lawton tackles a brand-new series, inspired by reality tv programs on The Learning Channel, Style Network, and various BBC Television shows. Teen Olivia O'Donnell is a multi-tasker, a stressed-out senior whose goal is to become her class valedictorian if her energy and her day planner hold out. Her best friend Jane earns good grades, but also saves time for spontaneity--a quality that Olivia envies. Olivia used to carve time to watch Changing Faces with Jane, but lately, Olivia's schedule and goals have taken on a life of their own.When this over-achieving young woman wins a total fashion makeover on Changing Faces, a new reality tv show, her all-new-improved look collides with the real Olivia lurking inside. Readers will examine their own priorities and attitudes as they watch Olivia wrestle with real-life issues that plague us all.Wendy Lawton is a skilled word-weaver, but more than that--she has a knack for capturing authentic life lessons through excellent characterization and dialogue. Olivia feels like someone we all know, and her story subtly invites readers to examine their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as the consequences of their choices.
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    August 29, 2004
    Great book that plunged you into real life for awhile and then took you into a place where 1-in-a-million get to go and made it believable. Rock on!
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 10, 2004
    Teresa Slack
    Facing a three-way tie for Valedictorian, senior Olivia O'Donnell has to do something to stand out. Grades aren't enough so she volunteers at a homeless shelter, something she isn't exactly thrilled about. Isn't she already busy enough? Hasn't she worked all through school to maintain her grade point average? When will she find time to enjoy her much anticipated senior year? But it's all part of her big plan. Her already bulging day planner takes a beating as she tries to squeeze more time out of every 24-hour period.It isn't only her day planner that takes a beating. She suddenly has no time to spend with her best friend, Jane. Or her Heavenly Father. She can't even begin to consider something as time-consuming as a boyfriend. Old rivalries and the demands of high school take their toll on Olivia. Even when she is chosen for a makeover by her favorite reality show, she can't truly enjoy it without worrying about how it will affect her friendship with Jane.Changing Faces is well done and timely in this age of reality TV. Wendy Lawton has done it again with a book chock full of characters to whom readers can relate.
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