|I want a man not a boy who thinks he can.|
Ugenia Lavender is the title character in a series of children's novels written by Geri Halliwell.
The first book, Ugenia Lavender, was published on 2nd May 2008 in the UK. Subsequent titles and planned release dates are Ugenia Lavender and the Terrible Tiger (6th June 2008), Ugenia Lavender and the Burning Pants (4th July 2008), Ugenia Lavender: Home Alone (1st August 2008), Ugenia Lavender and the Temple of Gloom (5th September 2008) and Ugenia Lavender: The One and Only (3rd October 2008).
The books follow the adventures of nine-year-old Ugenia, a character based on Halliwell, alongside her friends Bronte, Rudy and Trevor. Other characters are said by Halliwell to be loosely based on Gordon Ramsay, George Michael, Marilyn Monroe, Vincent van Gogh, Wayne Rooney and the character Justin Suarez from the TV series Ugly Betty. The character Princess Posh Vattoria, a caricature of Halliwell's bandmate Victoria Beckham, was featured in early drafts but has not appeared in the book series.
Each title will feature a newsletter from Ugenia highlighting lessons she has learned along with quizzes, riddles and crosswords, and will be available in an audio book edition read by Halliwell.
The books are illustrated by Rian Hughes. Children's author Jonny Zucker is also given a special credit on the books, but Halliwell has maintained she wrote the books entirely on her own.