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The Nannies
Nannies Series, Book 1
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Good girls.Life in La Crosse couldn’t be any blah-er. Kiley’s way out? A pricey school in California that she can only afford if she’s a resident of the Golden State. That’s why...
Good girls.Life in La Crosse couldn’t be any blah-er. Kiley’s way out? A pricey school in California that she can only afford if she’s a resident of the Golden State. That’s why...
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  • Good girls.
    Life in La Crosse couldn’t be any blah-er. Kiley’s way out? A pricey school in California that she can only afford if she’s a resident of the Golden State. That’s why she’s on Platinum Nanny, vying for the chance to work for a wacko rock star–or be sent home nationally humiliated.
    Wild girls.
    Lydia has spent eight years stuck in the Amazon with her do-gooding parents. When her aunt offers her a lifeline–babysitting in posh Bel Air–Lydia hops the next plane to civilization. Pucci sandals, poolside cabanas, clubbing in Hollywood It spots–was there even a question she’d accept? Now she just has to find a cute pool boy to make up for all that lost time. . . .
    Wilder boys.
    Moving into the guesthouse of one of Beverly Hills’ most powerful families isn’t exactly what Esme had in mind for a summer job. Neither was losing her head over Jonathan, her new boss’s almost famous (and already hot) son. Safe to say her boyfriend isn’t going to like this.
    Grab your sunglasses and welcome to The Nannies, a crazy world of Hollyweird backstabbing and skyscraping palm trees, spoiled tots and private swim lessons. But how hard can a nanny job be?
    After all, eight to four is kid time. After that? It’s our time.

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  • From the book “My name is Kiley but my friends call me Krazy, with a K.”

    “Wow.”

    Kiley McCann could tell by the way her interviewer had said “wow” that she was impressed. Perfect. She crossed her miniskirt clad legs and shook chestnut hair off her face with a practiced gesture. From the corner of her eye, she could see the red light of the video camera that was recording every word.

    “I’m totally wild,” Kiley declared.

    “Really.” The multiply-pierced interviewer leaned forward in her orange director’s chair. “So, Krazy, what kind of music are you into?”

    “Classic rock, totally,” Kiley assured her. “Platinum, of course. ‘Coy Miss Interruptus’ is my fave. And Hendrix. Hendrix is the best.”

    “Are you experienced?”

    “Very,” Kiley dropped her eyes to half-mast. “I’m up for anything. Anytime. Anywhere.”

    “Well, ‘wow’ all over again.” The woman stood, put down her clipboard and stretched, exposing two taut inches of stomach above her how-low-can-you-go jeans. Then she dead-eyed Kiley. “You’re totally full of shit.”

    Kiley blushed — blushed! — which was not at all the look she was going for. “No I’m not,” she insisted.

    “Please. You’re a goddamn seventeen-year-old poser. Don’t yank my chain.”

    Face burning, totally busted; Kiley slumped back onto her stool. So much for passing herself off as a girl hot enough to get selected for a new reality TV show.

    When her best friend Nina had picked her up at three A.M. to drive to Milwaukee for this interview, Kiley had felt so hopeful. Halfway there, they’d made a pit stop, where Nina had applied smudgy black eyeliner, three coats of mascara, ditto lip gloss, to Kiley’s face. Then Kiley donned the micro-mini skirt, stiletto boots, and sheer camisole that Nina had swiped from her slutty sister Heather. Infused with donuts and truck stop coffee, they returned to the car; Kiley rehearsed her wild child act the rest of the way to Milwaukee.

    At first, the ruse seemed brilliant. When they arrived at the Milwaukee Center for the Performing Arts, where the interviews were to take place, there was already a four-deep line that snaked around the building. They joined it, though it was still before dawn. Over the next hour, while the sun rose, cute guy after cute guy chatted them up. That never happened in La Crosse, where Kiley’s hair was invariably in a messy ponytail and the rest of her in the Gap chinos/T-shirt/Converse All-Stars combo she favored.

    And then, a miracle. One of the show’s associate producers canvassing the line singled her out and handed her a card that allowed her to be interviewed immediately. The producer escorted Kiley past the long line of glaring stares and right through the glass doors of the Center.

    It had all seemed too perfect. Apparently, it was. Damn.

    The young woman peered over rhinestone kitten glasses. “So Kiley, oh, I mean Krazy,” she sneered. When I asked ‘Are You Experienced?’ I wasn’t referring to your sex life. It’s the name of a — no, the — seminal Jimi Hendrix album.”

    “Oh.”

    All around the rehearsal hall that had been converted to an interview room, the show’s staff chuckled at Kiley’s gaffe.

    “Let’s cut to the chase here, Miss Susie Cream Cheese. You’re from . . .” She scanned Kiley’s application.

    “La...

About the Author-

  • Raised in Bel Air, Melody Mayer is the oldest daughter of a fourth-generation Hollywood family and has outlasted countless nannies. This is her first novel.

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  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2005
    Gr 9 Up -Three very different teens meet and become friends in this enjoyable read. Kiley McCann dreams of attending school in California to become a marine biologist, but the cost is prohibitive. A possible solution comes in the form of a reality TV show called -Platinum Nanny, - a competition to choose the caretaker of a rock star's children. Lydia Chandler's parents renounced their wealthy lifestyle to practice medicine in the Amazon basin. Longing for civilization, Lydia is thrilled when she is offered the opportunity to be a nanny for her aunt in Beverly Hills. Esme Castaneda grew up surrounded by gangs and violence in Echo Park, CA. Her immigrant parents work for the wealthy Goldhagens, a couple who have recently adopted twin girls from Colombia. They are quick to offer Esme the position of looking after the girls upon hearing her speak to them in their native language. The teens meet at the Brentwood Country Club and become friends. Less mean-spirited than the -Gossip Girls, - the story has elements that most teenage girls can relate to. Kiley, with an alcoholic father and a mother who is prone to panic attacks, is forced to be self-sufficient; Lydia is uninhibited and outspoken thanks to her years away from civilization; and Esme is torn between a life she knows and one of opportunity -but opportunity comes at a price. Underage drinking and talk about sex make the novel most appropriate for an older audience, but the cover will most likely attract younger readers." -Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY"

    Copyright 2005 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    August 1, 2005
    The nanny's story has been popular since Jane Eyre. This novel gives it a chick lit veneer and manages to rise above the genre's constraints. Three California girls do the nanny thing. Kiley is a contestant on the reality show " Platinum Nanny" ; Lydia escapes the Amazon rain forest, where her parents work, when her lesbian aunt asks her to care for her kids in Bel Air; and Esme, who comes from east L.A., is offered a job in a Beverly Hills home because she can speak Spanish to the recently adopted orphans from Colombia. This is mostly froth, but it is well written (though with some foul language), and it makes a decent stab at some social issues, such as the effect Esme's new life has on her relationship with her friends and family. For more nanny adventures direct readers to Melissa de la Cruz's series about au pairs. (Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2005, American Library Association.)

  • School Library Journal

    "Enjoyable."

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