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This Day in Pop: Britney Spears and her mom release 'A Mother's Gift' book in 2001 (April 10)

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On April 10, 2001, Britney Spears and her mom Lynne released the novel A Mother's Gift. Following 2000's Heart to Heart,  the novel narrates the story of a teenage girl named Holly who receives a scholarship to study at the Haverty School of Performing Arts.


Holly Faye Lovell sure can sing. Everyone in Biscay, Mississippi, knows that. And when at fourteen she becomes the youngest student ever to win a scholarship to the prestigious Haverty School of Music, her dream of pursuing a singing career is on its way. But for the first time in her life, Holly must leave behind her mother, Wanda. Although they don’t have much in the way of money, there’s always been plenty of love . . . and there’s always been Wanda’s birthmark, an ugly red scar on the side of her face that makes people who don’t know her turn away. Now that Holly's off with her posh new friends and new life, she’s ashamed to find herself embarrassed by her mom and their humble background. And Wanda finds herself wanting to reveal a long-hidden secret . . . a secret that could destroy their bond forever.


A portion of the proceeds of the book went to The Britney Spears Foundation. In 2004, the novel received a movie adaptation on ABC Family, titled Brave New Girl (named after the 2003 In the Zone's track), and though the plot was considerably different, Britney was credited as executive producer.


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