About THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY
What a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn't want to wear it anymore?
Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider. So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it's like something out of a fairy tale. Swept up by the Cindys' magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she's finally found her chance to fit in.
Then the Wickeds--led by Jess's arch-enemy--begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there's more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.
Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn't want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?
I opened the card, my hands trembling in dread and the faint remnants of what I used to call hope, as a tiny silver high-heel pin bounced into my hand.
I juggled the pin for a second, barely managing to keep it from falling, and flipped open the note with my other hand. The words inside were not a message but an invitation that sent shivers down my spine:
Your presence is requested at The Grind. Tonight, 7 p.m. Wear the pin. Discretion MANDATORY.
Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. She is the founder of the national Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM reading program for kids and teens and the host of the inspirational Living Your FiveTM web project. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, movies, music, and reading. Lots and lots of reading. She hopes her debut YA novel, THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY (April 13, 2010 - Egmont), will help girls embrace their inner Cindy.
Kay! What did you want to grow up to be when you were ten years old?
I wanted to be a ton of things when I was growing up: a singer, an actress, a bacterial epidemiologist, the first female CFO of ITT (long story), a professor… the list is long and mystifying. :-) I can't actually remember what I wanted to be when I was ten, but it's likely one of the items on that list.
If you were lost in space, who are the three people you'd want with you?
Is it weird that my first thought was "Will Robinson"? :-) Let's see, I'd want someone super smart, someone super resourceful, and someone super funny since a) I know nothing about space, b) I have no idea what skills we'd need to survive, and c) there would be a lot of need for comic relief. Because space? Not really a lot of entertainment up there. So hmm… maybe Albert Einstein, MacGyver, and Brian Regan?
What was the last movie you saw that you hated? How would you rewrite it or change it?
I haven't really seen any movies that I've hated. If they bug me, I just turn them off rather than forcing myself to sit through it. I rarely go to the theater, so I usually just see them on DVD. Oh, wait! My friend and I went to see Burn After Reading and actually got up and left after 45 minutes, even though it cost us $8 each. We ended up going to see The House Bunny instead which was pretty fun. I don't know how I would change Burn After Reading since I didn't see the whole thing. But the cast was stellar, so it might just be one of those things, you know?
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