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StoryMakers with Elizabeth Doyle Carey JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS

StoryMakers with Elizabeth Doyle Carey JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS

StoryMakers host Rocco Staino interviews Elizabeth Doyle Carey, the author of the JUNIOR LIFEGUARDS series! On this episode discover what it’s really like to be a lifeguard!

Elizabeth needs your help! She’s looking for a beach on which to set the Junior Lifeguard competition. Nominate your favorite beach: Just take a photo and share it with her HERE!

Spend a beachy summer vacation ‘down the Cape’ with Jenna, Piper, Selena, and Ziggy– four girls entering their first season as lifeguards-in-training  on Cape Cod’s famously fun and gorgeous beaches! In this first book of the Junior Lifeguards series, the girls are vying for spots on the summer squad, with ocean legend Bud Slater hand-picking a team of winners to participate. Will they or won’t they make the team? And what of the cute boys who are vying for spots, too: handsome but troubled Hayden, cute but unreliable Luke, and silent but gorgeous Jack Lee?


Junior Lifeguards basic training isn’t for wimps! Thirteen-year-old aspiring actress Selena Diaz learns this the hard way during her first week on the squad. Along with best pals Jenna, Piper, and Ziggy, Selena is just getting her feet wet as a lifeguard trainee and the going is tough. What’s    worse, she’s also dealing with a new job, swim lessons, a show-tunes singing math tutor, and a haughty neighbor who’s also kind of her boss. But Selena uses her showbiz enthusiasm to tackle every problem, and squad cutie Hayden Jones and stray kitten Oscar brighten each day.


Piper is surprised to find how much she likes being a Junior Lifeguard, except for one thing: she’s still nervous about being in just a bathing suit in public. Will her self-consciousness get in the way of being able to do her job? And what of her ability to trust her instincts and call things as she sees them? Meanwhile, she’s trying to make money and learns the hard way that certain jobs (and co-workers) are not for her. Add to this the revelation that senior guards aren’t all they’re cracked up to be, plus the distraction of adorable Luke Slater, and Piper’s got a lot on her plate. Will she be too self-conscious or distracted to spot the real threats on the beach? Read it and find out!

Ziggy Bloom is not a natural Junior Lifeguard. She’s not even much of a swimmer! But she loves the beach and its creatures and the beauty of it all, and sees herself as a guard of all the life on the beach. Her work with the endangered nesting Plovers brings her into direct conflict with Bud Slater in this story, as the Junior squad plans their Fourth of July celebration on the beach. Will Ziggy choose the environment over the Lifeguard crew? And if so, what price will she pay?



Elizabeth Doyle Carey, known as Liz, has been working in book publishing for over twenty years. First she was a bookseller at the Harvard Bookstore, then she worked for a book agent, then she worked as an editor, editorial director, and senior editor for three big children’s book publishing companies: Addison-Wesley (part of Pearson, LLC), Golden Books(now part of Random House), and Workman Publishing.Liz loves to read and has always wanted to be a writer. She has had twenty-seven books for middle grade readers published and would like to double that number in the next three years. Her publishers are Simon & Schuster, Little, Brown, and Planet Dexter (Pearson, LLC).You can find Liz’s books in bookstores, on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com, and even an e-version on funbrain.com!  Liz lives in New York City with her husband and three sons. When she is not reading or writing she is mostly attending hockey and lacrosse games, visiting museums, seeing shows on Broadway, eating cupcakes, or talking to her sisters on the phone.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Suzanne Romero

My middle school students would love these books, especially the one that talks about the piping plovers! Hoping I win the series!!


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