Lily's Likes: Recording daily events in her notebook, alphabetizing books on her shelves, writing top-ten lists.
Lily's Dislikes: Family outings, people who make their own beds in hotels (like her mother), and most of the items in her closet.
Favorite Meal: Tacos and root beer.
Favorite Daydream: Winning the Congressional Medal of Honor by saving the President from attack dogs using only a raincoat and a hanger.
Lily is having the most boring summer EVER. Her best friend has abandoned her for Young Executives Camp, and there is nothing to do but go on family outings with her parents. Then Lily meets the coolest girl, Karma, and her incredibly cool parents. And guess what? They're her relatives! This summer is looking up, and Lily things she just might be on the brink of cool.
"I have loved both dogs and snow since I was a child," says Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. "As a little girl, I lived on a very remote road, and our house was surrounded by woods. When it snowed, I used to venture outside with our dog, my imagination creating an adventure story for us both to live. Balto's story is exactly the kind of tale I might have created - but it is true!"
Ms. Kimmel lives with her husband and daughter in Cold Spring, New York. Balto and the Great Race is her third book, and her second with a lot of snow in it.
Lily B. on the Brink of Cool by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel