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Jill Santopolo and Sparkle Spa - Bad News Nails

Posted by Lisa Doan on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 @ 07:02 AM


Can't a girl even get her nails done without having to defeat an arch rival? Not in Jill Santopolo's nail-tabulous Sparkle Spa series. The VCFA Launchpad welcomes the newest entry into this chapterbook series - Bad News Nails releases today through Simon & Schuster/Aladdin.

About Bad News Nails: Trouble is coming to the Sparkle Spa, in the form of Aly Tanner’s worst nightmare: her arch rival since kindergarten is joining the salon! Know-it-all Suzy Davis has plenty of ideas about how the nail salon should be run and isn’t shy about telling the sisters what to do and how to do it. How can Brooke and Aly get Suzy out of their hair—and their business?


Here's what Jill had to say about writing books full of sparkle:

Sparkle On!

resized bad news nailsI was asked recently, after someone had read an article about the fact that girl toys are all about pink and purple and glitter and boy toys are all about blue and green and dinosaurs, how I felt about writing such a “girlie” book series, one that seems to promote the sparkle-fication of little girls. It was an interesting conversation, because that's something I actually think about a lot when I write the Sparkle Spa books, mostly because it feels to me that what gets lost in the dichotomy of tomboy vs. girlie girl is that it’s okay to be both. It doesn’t have to be an either/or decision.

I was a girl who climbed trees in rhinestone be-dazzled sneakers and played soccer with ribbons in my hair. I’m a woman who installed an air conditioner while wearing a cocktail dress and heels and spent hours choosing an outfit for a sprint triathlon that would both function well and look good. And I chafe at the idea that if I enjoy a day getting pampered at a spa, I couldn’t possibly enjoy taking those perfectly polished nails on a hundred-plus-mile bike ride. Because I like doing both of those things.

The girls in my Sparkle Spa series are entrepreneurs, they’re athletes, they’re not afraid to take risks or stand up for themselves. But they also love pretty clothes and fancy hair-dos and sparkly nail polish. At the end of book one, All that Glitters, the girls come to the realization that they can be smart and strong and sparkly all at the same time. The message I hope girls get from reading my books isn’t that all girls should love sparkly nail polish, but that girls can love sparkly nail polish and it won’t define them. They can embrace everything they enjoy unapologetically and create their own definition of what it means to be a girl. Whether their sparkle is coming from glittery nail polish or the glimmer of an exciting idea or the glow of satisfaction after achieving a goal through hard work and dedication, I say power to the sparkle, girls! Sparkle on.

 

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Jill Santopolo is the author of the Sparkle Spa series, the Follow Your Heart books, and the Alec Flint mysteries. You can follow her on Twitter @JillSantopolo or find her on Facebook at /jillsantopoloauthor.
website: www.jillsantopolo.com
www.sparklespabooks.com

Topics: 2015 release, girlie, chapter book, Jill Santopolo, Aladdin, Simon & Schuster

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