While Lula Bell Bonner tries desperately to fit in by not standing out, her wise and irrepressible Grandma Bernice says: Let your light shine! It's Grandma Bernice who provides the joy that balances Lula Bell’s difficult school life, but when this balance is upended, when Kali Keele turns up the heat on her cruel teasing, and when the talent show –that she should NEVER have signed up for-- is about to happen, how in the world can Lula Bell cope?
This funny, heartfelt novel exploring friendship, family, and forgiveness, introduces an unforgettable hero, lost in the wilderness of 5th grade, searching for her own shining light.
The author of Lula Bell has donated this book to the Worldreader program.
About the Author
C. C. Payne was born and raised in Kentucky, by a family chock-full of superb storytellers: readers, writers, teachers, librarians and lawyers - yes, Payne insists that any lawyer worth his salt knows how to tell a good, persuasive story. Growing up, she says, all kinds of stories were used, to quiet, to entertain, and to teach life lessons, but all stories worked to instill in Payne a love of the story - any story.
Naturally, at the age of seven, she became a voracious reader. "After that," Payne says, "the house could've fallen down around my ears, and I would've just thought, Does this mean I have to put my book down?"
Payne's first novel, Something to Sing About, received a boxed, starred review from Booklist, and was nominated for a 2010-2011 Children's Crown Award, and a 2011 Kentucky Bluegrass Award.
Her second novel, Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair, will be published by Amazon Children's Publishing in October, 2012. Payne describes Lula Bell... as a story about life and death, family and friendship, faith and forgiveness, fitting in and standing out, and above all, letting your light shine - letting it light up the dark!
Meanwhile, as Payne continues to write, she says she's beginning to notice that all her books are like her: hopeful, humorous, and distinctly Southern. She lives in Kentucky. To learn more about C. C. Payne, visit www.ccpayne.net.