to speak in Lexington

Author Rosalind Wiseman hit a sore nerve in 2002 with Queen Bees and Wannabes, a searing and often poignant examination of the trials and pitfalls facing teen girls.

The book topped the New York Times best-seller list and inspiredthe film Mean Girls, about queen bees, wannabes and other teen-girl cliques and personas.

Wiseman followed up with Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads: Dealing With the Difficult Parents in Your Child's Life. In the introduction, Wiseman writes that after her first book, she heard stories about the problems parents faced as well.

She wrote that she realized how parents' social hierarchies influence their children. ”We don't leave cliques and peer pressure behind; ... we just graduate to a new level with adults playing the roles.“

Wiseman will be the speaker at the Unity in ­Education 2008 event, sponsored by Sayre School and The Lexington School, on Tuesday.