Get Ready for the Youth Writers Challenge

Lola Zola wants everyone to know about the Youth Writers Challenge coming up this August.

Writers in grades 4 through 12 are invited to submit their poems and stories to by June 15, 2015.

More information can be found here Youth Writers Challenge and here Youth Writers Challenge Event.

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Listen Up! Live on the Radio!

Lola Zola authors, Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz will be on “Authors Talk Live” on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 12:25 to 12:50 pm PST.  They’ll be interviewed by show host Patricia Johnson, along with Victoria Christopher Murray, prolific author and co-founder of Brown Girls Publishing. Authors Talk Live will also feature Brown Girls Publishing authors Candy Jackson and Gregory Marshall beginning at 11:00 am PST (Authors Talk Live is from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PST each Sunday). You can listen here:  Enjoy!

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Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush (Kindle edition) is an Amazon Big Deal!

Lola ZolaLola Zola and the Lemonade Crush from Brown Girls Publishing is always a big deal for us (the authors) and our readers. So we are counting our lucky stars and thanking ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Victoria Christopher Murray of BGP that Amazon has chosen to feature Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush, Kindle edition as a Big Deal (you’ll have to check out Amazon to see how big) from now through January 25.

Tween girls love reading about Lola Zola, a self-assured, goal oriented, eleven year-old who tries her best to support her laid-off parents and her tuxedo cat Bowzer by going into business selling “magical” lemonade rumored to zap wrinkles and promote world peace. Trouble arises when her rich class rival, Buck, aka Slime Bucket, opens a competing ‘limo-nade’ stand out of the back of his father’s Cadillac limousine right across the street from Lola’s house! Intrigue and spy organizations run amok until closely kept secrets are revealed and Lola must decide what it means to win.

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Boys enjoy reading Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush, too!

“I hate saying this, but I even liked the tad bit of romance-twist at the end of the story (romance – *yuck*). This is a book that I think kids, boys and girls, will enjoy.

I give Lola Zola 5 out of 5 bookworms!”  ~ from a Erik, a boy with his own book review blog — “This Kid Reviews Books



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More Lola Zola!

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Hooray! Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush is out from Brown Girls Publishing (November 11, 2014) and is available on and Barnes and Noble on line. But wait, there’s more!

Follow the authors of Lola Zola @Tweenorama on Twitter and on Jackie’s Pinterest Board: Lola Zola’s Tween Favorites.

Ocean Park LibraryMarcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, the authors of Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush are booking school and library visits for 2015. If you are a librarian, teacher or parent of a young reader and would like an author visit please contact us at: 4literacynow(at)gmail(dot)com

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BGP Publishes “Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush”

2014-10-17 12.28.26We are proud to announce that Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush has been acquired by the amazing Brown Girls Publishing.

Publication date is November 11, 2014.

Hooray for tween readers everywhere, for the sequel New Girl on Salt Flat Road will be published by BGP in early 2015.

Brown Girls Publishing was created by Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley, two gifted prolific author/entrepreneurs published by Simon and Schuster with over 45 books between them.

Lola Zola authors, Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, can’t wait to visit schools and libraries to meet their readers and have fun doing “Lola Zola Readers Theater.”

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Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush by Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz

Check out this terrific review from Erik The Kid.

This Kid Reviews Books

lola Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush

By Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz

209 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on July 28, 2012

Lola Zola’s family is in a fix – both of Lola’s parents have gotten laid-off of work. They need money. But, how can Lola help? After all, she’s only a 6th grader! But, what if she sold lemonade? Lola and her best friend set up a lemonade stand to help raise money for her family. But, the thing is, the no-good, horrible, rich kid Buck has set up a stand across the street from them! And, he has a bunch of cool things like a limo, a famous basketball player, and much more, to attract buyers! Lola decides she has to make her lemonade even better. When Lola adds a special ingredient that makes people think that her lemonade has magical qualities, sales rocket! But Lola soon figures…

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“Dear Marcy and Jackie” What about reading to Bowzer?

“Dear Marcy and Jackie” is a column by two teacher/writers (us!) that runs on the Huffington Post. Check out what a parent asked us about encouraging her son to read. Can reading to a dog, or (excuse us, Bowzer) a cat help with reading skills? What do you think?

Q. My son, who is in second grade, struggles with reading in school. When I ask him to read at home, he says he doesn’t like to read. My sister told me her daughter improved by reading to dogs at her school. Have you ever heard of this? My son loves animals, especially our two cats. Do you believe reading to pets could help him?

Read our answer to this questions and others here.

Bowzer’s brother Sunnyman is waiting for you to read him a story!

Sunnyman in a chair

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