The Makeover of James Orville Wickenbee

by Anya Bateman

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"I have a plan!" I said excitedly to James and Alex. "Picture a huge banner with a before picture of you, James, on one end. The banner reads: 'Watch James Wickenbee turn into Super-Jim!'"

"A before picture?" James looked confused. "Before what?"

"On one end we place a large picture of what you look like now. But on the other end, we leave a blank square for another picture of you. Under it we write 'Fairport's Next President.' As the campaign progresses, James, you improve . . . well, your appearance improves. A day or two before the election we place a picture of the new and improved you in that spot. Your new picture, the after picture, which shows you as Super-Jim."

At Fairport High School, Jana has taken on a special project. She's determined to turn James Orville Wickenbee, her brother's new best friend, into one of the "cool kids." After all, Jana can't afford to have James — a "nobody," not to mention a Mormon — ruin her plans to get her brother elected as student body president.

The problem is, Alex doesn't want to be president, and James has no interest in becoming popular.

Not to worry — Jana has everything under control. James will just have to be president instead. The makeover might take some extra work, but she's ready for the challenge. She's very convincing. In fact, the entire school begins to see James as "Super-Jim."

But the "makeover" creates a surprise that nobody saw coming, especially Jana.

About the Author

Anya Bateman

Born in the Netherlands, Anya Bateman came to Salt Lake City as a child and discovered early how much she enjoyed language, words, and writing. She attended both Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, graduating from the latter with an English degree and a creative writing emphasis.

Anya’s stories and articles have appeared in the Church magazines as well as national magazines such as Reader’s Digest. She is the author of several books for youth, including The Makeover of James Orville Wickenbee. Looking back on things now, she feels grateful for her difficult and awkward teen years, as they have given her plenty of fodder for her writing.

Anya served a mission to California for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she has served in several auxiliary leadership positions in the Church. She and her husband, Vaun, are the parents of four children and grandparents of seven.

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the book was awsome and fun, I wish for a sequel
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I love the book. It was fun because I related to some of the characters in the book. The book has some humor and that is always a plus. I loved the Mormonism that was in it. the end of it was really cool. Wish she would write a book two so I do not have to wonder if she ends up with James or not. Or what happens to her Brother.

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By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is a story, about finding truth, hope and friendship. Overall it is a great story though I wish the relationiship would have gone further!

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