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A mother's gift / Britney and Lynne Spears.

By: Spears, Britney (Musician), 1981-.
Contributor(s): Spears, Lynne.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Milsons Point, N.S.W. : Random House Australia, 2001Description: 1 volumes.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1740517687 :.Subject(s): Mothers and daughters -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification:
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After 15 long, tense minutes, they finally rounded the school's curved driveway and stopped in front of the big doors. The car's engine was smoking as Wanda shifted into park. Holly pulled her things from the backseat faster than a skycap hustling for a tip at a crowded airport. It seemed that everyone around her had fancy luggage with wheels and handles that pulled out and snapped back into place. There were duffel bags in bright colors and plastic crates filled with computers and stereo equipment. Suddenly, the car quit idling. Its engine stalled. Smoke poured from under the hood. Someone behind them in the line of cars yelled, "Move that clunker out of the way!" "I'll just raise the hood," Wanda said quickly, flipping up the latch. A couple of guys standing near the curb laughed as she began to cough. "Mom!" Holly said through her teeth, wondering if she really could die on the spot. "Are you trying to totally humiliate me?" This was definitely not the way Holly wanted to make her entrance. Every second that passed left her-and the smoking car-open to public viewing. And mockery. Holly wanted nothing more than to kiss Wanda good-bye and get her out of there. "Didn't we pass a gas station on the way in?" she tried innocently, pushing her hair behind her ears. "I'm not sure, Holly Faye. And I'm not sure I'd make it there-" "You would." Holly felt desperate. "But don't you want me to come in? Help you get settled?" "I'll be all right." Holly leaned over and planted a quick kiss on her mother's good cheek. "I-I'd better go." She jerked her head toward the school. "Don't want to miss the orientation meeting, right? See you at Thanksgiving." Before Wanda could protest, Holly fled to the safety of the double doors. "Bye!" her mama called out faintly, unable to mask the hurt in her voice. But Holly was already inside the building. Fourteen years of togetherness were over in a few embarrassed seconds. Excerpted from A Mother's Gift by Britney Spears, Lynne Spears All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Pop fiction takes on a new meaning as teen singing sensation Spears and her mother, Lynne, produce a slight and treacly co-written rags-to-riches tale. Holly Faye Lovell lives with her mother, Wanda, in tiny Biscay, Miss. The 14-year-old enjoys life in the slow lane and entertains dreams of singing stardom. Though she performs in the church choir and at local events, Holly lacks the self-confidence (and opportunity) to develop her talent. All that changes when her loyal, car-mechanic boyfriend helps secure her an audition at the prestigious Haverty School of Music in Hattiesburg and she is offered a full scholarship. But at Haverty, Holly's provincial ways (and wardrobe, hand-stitched by her mom) make her a target for a bevy of wealthy snobs ("students whose parents had the big bucks to afford it. Holly and Wanda had little bucks"). The didactic melodrama unfolds in fast-paced, if sometimes jerky, prose, and a good share of it centers on Wanda (who keeps a diary). In the climax, the woman reveals a long-held secret to Holly, hinted at in the opening chapter. The Spearses convey credible feelings of teenage anxiety throughout, and Britney's fans will surely flock to this title (enticed by a jacket that highlights her name and suggests her likeness). But ultimately, they will be disappointed that the fictional Holly begs comparison with, but is far less memorable than, the real navel-baring singer. Ages 9-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved