Authors Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz have signed with Brown Girls Publishing, the brainchild of writers Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Brown Girls will publish the Lola Zola series, launching Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush for the holiday season, followed by New Girl on Salt Flat Road.
In Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush, 6th grader Lola tries to support her family when the pink slips arrive, but there’s trouble across the street — and the dude in the Derby hat, swaggering down the lemon yellow carpet, is named Buck or Bucket of Slime. Buck wants to sell more lemonade than Lola, all because Lola beat him in the race for President of their class.
Here’s an excerpt from election day in middle school.
Lola cleared her throat. “My opponent gave you yo-yo’s for Valetine’s Day. I didn’t and not because I was broke.” For a split second, Lola flashed back to better days when her parents were both working, not sitting on a Slinky-popping couch, worrying how they would pay the Mount Everest of Bills. Lola continued, “And it wasn’t because I was embarrassed about my yo-yoing abilities. Gee whiz, I can go ‘around the world” and ‘walk the dog’ like any other yo yo champ. No, I didn’t buy you yo yo’s because I respect you too much to buy your vote. I’m a candidate of principle, of honesty …” Lola put her hand on her heart. “Of feeling. Thank you, my fellow sixth-ers. From Mirage Middle School to the White House, I hope you’ll stand by my side during my presidential campaigns.”
What? Lola hadn’t mean to throw in that ambitious bit about the White House, nor to wrap up the speech abruptly, but the flying spitball had so unnerved her, she leapt into the future, forgetting to fully detail her platform — including her idea for perking up the morning doldrums with five minutes of original riddles each day. Still, the class applauded, cheered, and chanted — with Melanie the loudest of all — “LO-LA, LO-LA, LO-LA …”