Adrienne Vincent Sutton
Author of the middle grade novel
Bad Hair Day
BAD HAIR DAY
BAD HAIR DAY
Gabby McGee is a 12-year old girl trying to shed her “bad hair,” her parent’s strict rules, and her insecurities—all at the same time. If only she could change her hair from nappy, kinky, and unruly, to straight, long, and flowing, she could finally fit in. But she soon learns that going behind her mother’s back to get a chemical hair relaxer isn’t the way to do it. After a failed trip to the hair salon leaves her in debt, she devises a hair-brained scheme to pay it off, which involves her crush, a French kiss, and a bake-off. Is it just crazy enough to work? Is changing her hair really what she wants? Or, could the money troubles of a classmate at her snooty private school cause her to change her attitude instead?
"Anyone who has ever been insecure about anything regarding their looks will relate to Gabby McGee’s tale. It’s so easy to want the opposite of what you have, and what Gabby has is natural hair, while all her friends get theirs permed. Unfortunately, Gabby’s mom is adamant about natural hair, so Gabby’s stuck with what she’s got… until she hatches a plan that leads to another plan… and suddenly she’s in over her head!
Any great middle grade read has a memorable, authentic voice, and Gabby’s voice spoke to me so clearly, I might as well have been in the same room as her. She’s humorous and sweet, and even though she got herself in some trouble, I couldn’t help but cheer her on the whole time. I recommend BAD HAIR DAY for middle grade readers—both kids and adults."
WISHING FOR WASHINGTON
Instead of including a traditional bio, I offer you this slightly more interesting Top Ten List. Enjoy!
TOP TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ME
10. I was born in Washington D.C, raised in Massachusetts, and have lived in the Baltimore, Maryland area since 2001.
9. I received a B.A. in English with a writing emphasis from Penn State University, more years ago than I care to mention.
8. I've worked in marketing and advertising most of my career, mainly as a copywriter.
7. Although I've been a writer for most my life in various vocations—reporter, copywriter, etc.—I was never blessed with any ideas for fiction until 2007.
6. I published my debut novel, Bad Hair Day, in 2014.
5. I have a terrific husband and two great daughters who all inspire me.
4. Reading is tops on my list of addictions. Writing is a close second.
3. I also may have a slight problem with watching too much reality t.v.
2. My favorite adult novel of all time is Native Son by Richard Wright, and one of my favorite children's titles is What's for Lunch Charley? by Margaret Hodges.
1. I am a certified bibliophile. Really. I've got it bad for anything in printed form. I can't leave the house without a book, magazine, pamphlet, flyer, or something...anything. I'd seek help but if loving books is wrong I don't want to be right.