Books The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg Paperback, 1 v. (unpaged), Dc Comics, List Price: $9.99 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Plain JanesAuthorCecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the big city to suburbia, she thinks that her life is over until she meets three other girls named Jane who decide to form a secret art gang and turn the town and high school upside down. Genres: Children's Books Young Adult Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Plain Janes Critics' Lists: Summer '07 Summer Reads for Former Recess Rebels June 4, 2007 As kids we preferred indoor recess to the playground hullabaloo. As adults we're film dorks, comic book geeks and indie-music nerds. We do not, as a general rule, jet-ski. This is what we'll be reading as we try to avoid the sun. Summer Books 2007: Excerpts Excerpt: 'The Plain Janes' June 4, 2007 Cecil Castellucci's tale of Jane, a city teen who finds herself exiled to a suburban high school, is "hopeful but never saccharine, urbane but never pretentious." Illustrated by Jim Rugg, it's "filled with unforced insights about the role of art in our lives." Read the first five pages.