The teen with can-do attitude (and a little klutzy streak) who starred in The Year My Life Went Down the Loo is seeing Scots in this hilarious page-turner by Katie Maxwell.
While living Britain, Emily's been given the chance to temporarily work on a sheep farm in Scotland's Highlands. Despite having scenery that's basically "mud, mud, a couple of dogs, and, surprise of all surprises, more mud," the teen at least gets to feast her eyes on a dreamy shepherd named Ruaraidh. Of course, Emily -- and her cousin Holly -- are both gaga over the "Scottish love god" (never mind that he has six fingers on one hand), and after they decide to compete over who gets to snog him, the two get into more than a few capers involving a man-trap in an ancient castle, spray-painted sheep, and self-tanning lotion. Sound crazy? No doubt about that, but thank your lucky plaid kilt, Emily never fails to keep herself in high spirits, her fingers typing away to her Seattle BFF, and her Hottie of the Week list updated.
Following in the footsteps of popular authors like Meg Cabot and Louise Rennison (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson), Maxwell delivers a character that speaks her mind while making you laugh out loud. Girls will appreciate her competitive boy-snogging gusto, and they'll be cheering for more tales about Emily when all is finished. Whether you already know what true Scotsmen wear under their kilts, Maxwell's novel is a real trip. Shana Taylor