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Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom, & the Challenges of Bad Hair by [Payne, C.C.]
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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.

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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions (Oct. 2 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TX6JVU
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4061b64) out of 5 stars A lovely, lovely read! Nov. 4 2012
By the granddaughter - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It is rare to find a tween book that is so heartwarming, yet real. Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom, & the Challenges of Bad hair wades through pre-teen experiences of bullying, first crushes and best friends, death, and the importance of family, no matter what oddities and quirks they have. These are familiar stories, but C.C. Payne tells them with a sweet sassiness and Southern flavor all her own, making this book a true delight.

Titular character and narrator Lula Belle Bonner is a fifth-grader just trying to fit in--as most of us tried to do at that age and many of us still try to do no matter how old we are. In the town of White House, Tennessee, like pretty much everywhere else, this is no easy task. But Payne concocts so many quirky touches--think fainting goats and a grandma who likes to pick out how she would like to die every Thursday--that even when you're on the verge of tears reading about Lula Bell's trials and tribulations, there is always something to laugh about too.

Lula Bell herself is a spirited little girl who is hard not to fall in love with. She wags her finger to adults, giving them "tips" (for example, vegetable casseroles do not comfort food make) that make this book as worthwhile a read for parents as for their kids. Lula Bell shows just how keen kids' observation is and how smart they can be about all the "grown-up stuff" going on around them.

And despite the Kali Keeles of the world who make life a little tougher, as Lula's neighbor Mrs. West likes to say, at the end of the day, "The show must go on." Life must go on. And anyone reading this review should go on and buy this book!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c9ec60) out of 5 stars Amazing! Needs to be a series! Nov. 3 2012
By Allie - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Lula Bell's intimate first person narrative reels you in right away. The author makes you feel like a close friend. I laughed with her and cried with her, worried and hoped with her. I loved Lula and her eccentric friend Alan. The Southern flavor was the icing on the cake. I highly recommend this delicious book for children and adults alike. Lessons of wisdom for all ages!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3c49570) out of 5 stars "Rare and Unforgettable! Nov. 3 2012
By mike hurt - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I loved Lula Bell and found myself thinking about her long after I'd finished the book--she grabs hold of your heart and won't let go!"
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4603fc0) out of 5 stars Another Winner for C.C. Payne Nov. 2 2012
By lucille - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Continuing the tradition begun with Something to Sing About, C.C. Payne delivers another genuine, clever book about growing up. Realistic situations and believable characters combine with Payne's respect for tweens to give an honest and thoughtful story. She manages to intertwine heartache, courage, humor, and hope in a way that I thoroughly enjoyed. She's a real writer!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By sneakypete - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lula Bell is the PERFECT book for any little girl - young or young at heart. We can all enjoy her insightful tips and hilarious commentary, but it is the way this book speaks to the heart that makes it a true treasure.