I WAS A NON-BLONDE CHEERLEADER, by Scott Kieran
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Sophomore Annisa Gobrowski has just moved from New Jersey, to Sand Dune High School, in Florida and everything about her school and new environment is foreign to her. The first thing she notices is that every single girl, including the teachers—has blonde hair. With her pale skin and dark hair, she sticks out like a sore thumb. After two girls from the school’s championship cheer squad are kicked off for drinking, she decides to try out for the team, even though the majority of the girls on the squad do everything they can to make her life miserable. This book details her first weeks on the squad—from having to trust the other girls in stunts, to getting tossed in jail for “prank war” antics with a rival school. This is a humorous book that will be enjoyed by high school girls. It tells a story that shows what true “mean girls” can be like, and how one bright, funny and tenacious little pixie is an agent of change.