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"You must stop crying!" Laura's father says. "Do you want Mama to hear?" Since Mama came home from the hospital, everything has changed. Mama is so sad and quiet now. And she just doesn't understand Amy and Laura's problems any more. The girls do not dare to tell her, even when they are in serious trouble. Laura has never felt so confused -- and lonely! Then she makes a surprising discovery about Mama --and about herself too...
Amy and her family move into a new neighborhood. Amy has many adventures, both good and bad, and makes new friends.
Fifteen-year-old Penny enjoys living in the shadow of her idolized older sister, who is quirky, self-centered, impossible, and loved by everyone. Penny has a real struggle trying to find her niche in life. She hates school, feels she has no friends, and is only interested in sewing. Then her older sister goes away to school, and Penny starts to change.
The wisdom of peace and the absurdity of fighting are demonstrated in seventeen stories and poems by outstanding authors of today such as Jean Fritz, Milton Meltzer, and Nancy Willard.
When shy, plump Lolly Scheiner arrives in kindergarten, she is the "new girl everyone hates," and only popular Pat Maddox jumps to her defense. From then on they're best friends through thick and thin, supporting each other during crises until everything changes in eighth grade, when Lolly suddenly turns into a thin pretty blonde and Pat, an introspective science whiz, finds herself playing second fiddle for the first time.
Jeff Lyons is both repelled and fascinated by Ellen de Luca, the fat girl in his ceramics class. The "crumbs of kindness" he tosses her way soon turn into advice on weight loss, college, clothes ... until good-looking Jeff dumps his girlfriend to be with the fat girl! As Ellen changes, Jeff resents the happy, independent young woman he has unleashed.
" I read on. And then it happens. On page 89. Mary is humiliated, and I know I have to step in. There she is, in an ill-fitting, wine-colored gown that doesn't do anything for her mousy complexion, gathering up her music, when I pass by, and spill my glass of punch right on her dress. I turn, and there is Kevin, dressed in a scarlet coat and all the rest of the uniform of a British Soldier, circa 1811. 'What are you doing here?' I ask. 'Well, this is the part I'm up to in the book.'"The smart middle child in a blue-collar family identifies with Mary, the middle child in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. When Alice enters Mary's world and makes changes in both their lives, she learns that first impressions aren't always right.
"Hello! Is this Jim?" "Yes?" "Jim, this is Angie." "Who?" "Angie Rogers. Betty Lyon's friend. I met you at her party Saturday night." "I don't-" "Listen! I know you were sore because I... I got upset when we were dancing. I just wanted to say I was wrong. I'm sorry." "But I'm not him." "What do you mean? Isn't this Jim?" "Yes, I'm Jim. But not the Jim you want." "Isn't this Jim McCone?" "No." When Angie Rogers called up Jim McCone, she had dialed a wrong number. But that mistake introduced her to someone she was really able to talk to. The question was, what was Jim really like-in person? Would Angie like him- and would Jim like her? Jim's blond with blue eyes and is six feet tall.... He told Angie so himself. Angie's five feet tall, thin, and also has blonde hair and blue eyes .... That's how she described herself to Jim. But Jim and Angie have never actually seen each other. They've only spoken on the phone. Could there be more here than meets the eye - or the ear?
Nicole Nieman has never really thought about being Jewish. Now, with the Nazis occupying France, it is the only thing on her mind. An almost endless stream of refugees comes to stay at their house, and her parents wonder if they too ought to escape over the border to switzerland or take the chance and wait it out. Then one awful day Nicole comes home from school to find her parents and her sister gone. The Nazis who have taken them are still looking for her. Where can Nicole hide? And will she ever see her family again?<P><P> Jane Addams Children's Book Award Honor Book
Molly resists facing the past. She longs to see her sister Beth after their separation. When Beth arrives with her adoptive mother, she is awfully rude to Aunt Karen, Molly's guardian. The basis for Beth's anger is not clear but family secrets emerge during a dinner party.
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