The more things change, the more Ami wishes they'd stay exactly the same Ami and her best friend, Mia, share almost everything--even the letters in their names! But when Ami's mom and dad separate and her mom moves out, even all of the traditions she and Mia share can't put her family back together. Ami wants everything to go back to the way it was--for her mother not to live in an apartment and have a life of her own, and for her dad not to go to dinner with the new science teacher, Ms. Linsley. At least her friendship with Mia will always be the same . . . won't it?
As her parents go through a trial separation, Ami stays with her father and her brother, Fred, and with the help of her supportive best friend, Mia, she comes to terms with the changes in her life.
At fifteen, Rachel is a worrier. She worries about whether her family understands her, whether her friends like her, and whether she'll get her first kiss before she turns sixteen. And she worries about whether she can handle having a real boyfriend if he does come along.<P><P> But it takes a dying old man -- her grandfather -- who has never been easy for anyone to handle, to show Rachel she has very special abilities. With love and compassion, she reaches the heart of an old tyrant who has always been unreachable. And in so doing, she comes to a better understanding of her family, her friends, and herself.<P> Newbery Medal Honor book
Bunny is funny, but that doesn't mean she's totally clueless when it comes to more serious matters With her quick wit and lighthearted personality, Bunny Larrabee can make people laugh about almost anything. She collects knock-knock jokes, riddles, and all kinds of comedy routines to try out on her best friend, Emily. The only thing Bunny doesn't find humor in is her unusual name--she's heard jokes about it her whole life, and none of them are funny. So when an impossibly gorgeous guy starts talking to her at a concert, Bunny opens her mouth and says two fateful words: "I'm Emily." It's just one tiny lie, but it will drive a wedge between the two best friends. And with what looks like more serious misfortune on the horizon, Bunny will need Emily's friendship and advice more than ever.
13-year-old Bunny doesn't like her name so when she meets a cute older guy she tells him her name is Emily, which is really Bunny's best friend's name. But Emily is not happy with this lie or that Bunny is hanging out with this older boy. Then Emily's grandmother has a stroke and everything changes.
When Toni's luck runs out, real life comes calling Toni and Julie were both born right after their parents moved in next to one another, and the two girls have hardly been separated since. Julie is tall and outspoken and stands up for herself, but really she's just trying to survive until she turns eighteen so she can move out before her parents' constant fighting drives her crazy. Meanwhile, Toni, small and shy, has the perfect family: no financial worries and two parents who obviously adore her. Compared to Julie, Toni knows she's lucky. But when Julie's mom moves her family to San Francisco for the summer, Toni faces new challenges. Some changes are fun, like getting to know the cutest boy in school--but some, like discovering that maybe your family isn't as perfect as you thought, aren't quite so easy.
How is it possible to feel more at home with your friends than with your own family? Sometimes Calvin Miller really hates that he and his mother, Nina, don't have a home of their own. Instead, they live in Garo's house--well, more precisely, Alan's house. A pilot who is always away, Alan is also Nina's boss. As his live-in housekeeper, Nina raises Alan's son, Garo, right alongside Cal. Luckily, the boys are good friends despite their differences. Though Cal is better at school, Garo is better with people--his outgoing personality makes everyone like him. But sometimes Cal thinks even his mother is closer to Garo than she is to her own son. Cal figures he must take after his dad, but how can he be sure when the only contact he's had with his father is in the form of three postcards over a course of nine years? As Cal navigates his teenage years, he may be in store for more changes than he realizes.
Eleven-year-old Joyce lives with her reclusive uncle, Old Dad, who runs the town garbage dump--which is why the kids at school call her the Dump Queen. Her only friend is Mrs. Fish, the new school custodian whose wild outfits and uninhibited personality inspire her nickname, "Crazy Fish." When Mrs. Fish is around, everything in Joyce's life seems okay. So when fiercely independent Old Dad falls ill, Joyce must convince him to accept her friend's help.
Danita knows that nobody's perfect, but it's never easy to admit that might include your own parents Danita's parents love to remind their daughter that she weighed less than a loaf of bread when she was born, but now that she's almost fourteen and perfectly healthy, Danita really wishes they'd give her some space. Obviously still in love and completely devoted to their family, even Danita's best friend, Laredo, thinks Mr. and Mrs. Merritt are the ideal parents, but Danita can't help wanting them to focus on anything--or anyone--else. Danita's wish is about to come true, but is it more than she bargained for?
Eight extraordinary stories of heartbreak, growing up, and the importance of finding your voice Everything changes eventually. Jessie Granatstein doesn't think she'll have anything to say in the journal her teacher asks her to write--until suddenly, the words come tumbling out. Zoe Eberhardt has been raised and cherished by the strong, powerful women in her family, but when she turns fourteen, she starts to see that she'll soon have to establish an identity of her own. Marylee is quiet and thoughtful--unlike her confident, sparkling mother. But when she sees something she's not supposed to, she realizes it might be time to start speaking out. For the young women in these stories, growing up may be complicated, but it always leads in surprising new directions.
This book has a collection of 8 young adult stories. In "Chocolate Pudding", the story focuses on the life of Chrissy, a young girl living with her alcoholic father and uncle. Lacking comfort in her relationships with people, Chrissy finds it in devouring chocolate pudding (a profound metaphor to be interpreted in any number of ways by the reader.) But Chrissy discovers that the pudding is not enough to satisfy her loneliness. Only when she develops an unexpected friendship is this hole filled.
In real-life, happily ever after can be hard to come by Pete Greenwood loves history. Any era or country will do as long as the books are lengthy and full of the past. But that may be because Pete's own history is a work of fiction. For the last eight years, he's lived with his uncle Gene under an assumed name. He's had to keep his parents' existence a secret ever since they committed an act of political protest that went tragically wrong. Living a double life makes Pete feel isolated and alone until he meets the cool and collected Cary Longstreet. Cary's playing a role too--looking perfect on the outside to hide secrets of her own. Slowly learning to trust each other, Pete and Cary start to share their truths, both of them dreaming of happy endings to their stories and the chance to let go of all their worries. But real life doesn't always wrap itself up as neatly as we'd like.
Emily just wants everything to be perfect--is that too much to ask? When Emily's parents got divorced two years ago, her dad still made time to see her and the twins as much as possible. But since he moved to Chicago with Marcia, his phone calls have started getting less and less frequent and it feels like he might as well live at the North Pole. And if that weren't bad enough, her mom seems ready to start a new family, too! Emily knows that it's impossible to get her parents back together, but that doesn't mean she's ready for her mom to start dating--and she's ready to put a stop to it. So, in effort to sabotage her mom's new relationship, Emily pretends to go out with a boy at school who she's not even sure she likes. Now, she's going to have to deal with two unwanted relationships!
There's nothing like having a best friend to share your innermost thoughts with. In each of these novels Norma Fox Mazer explores the special ties between best friends-from worrying about boys, to studying for tests, to dealing with divorced parents, to just plain growing up.
Both overlooked in the middle of a big, noisy family, Jenny and her grandpa will always have each other to confide in . . . right? No one in Jenny Pennoyer's family understands her at all--no one, that is, except her grandfather, who lives in an apartment in the basement of her family's home. Jenny and her grandfather have been close ever since she was born, when Grandpa, newly widowed, found that a baby was just the thing he needed to get back on his feet. But as Jenny's family grows and they're all pinched together in one house, her parents become less and less patient with Grandpa's desire to be independent. Jenny feels like his only defender, the only one who sees him as a person with a mind of his own. As Jenny grows increasingly protective, Grandpa's determination and Jenny's love for him will lead them on an adventure together that their family never expected.
Some families you're born into, some you have to find for yourself Sarabeth Silver knows that her mom is different. Jane Silver is younger, prettier, harder working, and poorer--making just enough money cleaning houses for her and Sarabeth to live in a little trailer. It's always been just the two of them, but when tragedy suddenly strikes, Sarabeth will have to figure things out on her own. Sarabeth has never known either of her parents' families, who refused to help when Jane got pregnant at sixteen. Is it worth trying to find them after they rejected her parents so long ago? She knows her friends would be willing to help, but how can she lean on them when what she really wants is the open hearts of relatives she's not even sure exist? And if they are out there, how will they feel about Sarabeth after all these years?
Mom held me around the waist, and I bent and kissed her. "I love you, honey," she said. "Love you, too. " It was automatic. That's what I can't forget. When a heart attack takes her mom's life, Sarabeth suddenly loses the only family and home she has ever known. Cynthia and Billy, friends of her mother, take in Sarabeth to live with them and their baby in their tiny one-bedroom apartment. Before long it becomes clear to Sarabeth that she is a burden to them, an intrusion in their lives. She wants to leave, but where can she go? With startling emotional accuracy and depth, Newbery Honor-winning author Norma Fox Mazer captures what it's like to lose everything but the memories of a home and a mother, and to gain the courage to heal deep wounds.
Escaping from the terrors of World War II, Karin gets the chance for a new life in America--but she can't stop thinking about her mother, who she left behind in France Karin Levi's life in Paris was happy and normal. She never dreamed she would find herself hiding in a cramped attic with her family, sitting silently while police went from house to house hunting for Jews and turning them over to German soldiers. Hopeless and scared, only Maman's loving smile and caring touch give Karin the strength to keep going. But soon, Karin and her older brother, Marc, must flee the attic, crossing land and sea in search of safety, and leaving Maman behind. Longing for her mother and a return to their happy life, Karin expresses her love in letters she won't be able to send until the war is over. Dearest Maman . . .
After spending years fleeing from the Nazis in war-torn Europe, twelve-year-old Karin Levi and her older brother, Marc, find a new home in a refugee camp in Oswego, New York.
The perennial game of hide-and-seek between parent and child inspires a lilting text and charming illustrations. It's time for lunch, but where, oh, where is Emily Greene? Her father searches for her everywhere, but without any luck. Look carefully, and don't forget to check behind the curtains! In her first picture book, acclaimed author Norma Fox Mazer teams with renowned illustrator Christine Davenier to create a merry game of hide-and-seek. Readers will delight in searching for giggling Emily and in the warm relationship between this irrepressible little girl and her loving, good-humored father.
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one father to give his daughter a typewriter...she knows it's a bribe....
He could be any man, any respectable, ordinary man. But he's not. This man watches the five Herbert girls-Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn-with disturbing fascination. Unaware of his scrutiny and his increasingly agitated and forbidden thoughts about them, the sisters go on with their ordinary everyday lives-planning, arguing, laughing, and crying-as if nothing bad could ever breach the safety of their family. In alternating points of view, Norma Fox Mazer manages to interweave the lives of predator and prey in this unforgettable psychological thriller.
Jessie Wells's father disappeared when she was a baby, leaving her to live with her mother and her indomitable aunt Zis. Jessie wonders about her father, James Wells. Who was he, really? When she was a little girl, listening to her mother's stories, he was a prince with a leather jacket and a fancy sports car. As she got older, he became the man who'd deserted her and never looked back. The man who made her mother cry for three days and three nights. Why should she care about him? She doesn't, she tells herself, but despite everything, Jessie longs to know more. Against her mother's objections, Jessie begins a quest that takes her from the pages of the phone book to the dusty streets of her father's home-town, and finally to a meeting with the man she never knew. Newbery Honor Book medalist Norma Fox Mazer has woven a powerful tale of a compelling young woman who searches for her father and finds herself. If you like books like Missing Pieces, about how kids act and how they feel about their families, friends, crushes, schools and the changes in their lives, you've got much more great reading ahead. Look in the Bookshare collection for 17 more books by this award winning author, with more on the way.
Jessie's father has always been a missing piece of her life--but if she were to find him, how would he feel about her? Jessie Wells thinks four is a good number. Things with four sides are sturdy and strong. A box, a chair, a room with four walls. But ever since the day Jessie's dad left, Jessie, her mother, and Aunt Zis have been a triangle--three-sided, though solidly linked. Jessie has heard the story: Her beautiful young mother had married a prince who disappeared one day, so she had raised her daughter with the help of Aunt Zis. But lately, the picture in Jessie's mind seems incomplete. Who is James Wells? she wonders. He must be more than just a deadbeat dad who deserted his wife and child, and Jessie is determined to find out, even if she has to call every Wells in the phone book--and there are a lot of them. But if Jessie finds her father and asks him all her questions, will she like the answers?
Going along with the crowd can have shattering consequences Why does everyone always want you to make so many choices? Pizza or burgers, swimming or a movie, one friend or another, yes or no. For Rollo Wingate, who's always been the biggest guy in school, sometimes it's easier to relax and let someone else take the lead. After all, when he and his two best friends get together, they're always on the same page--which is probably why he goes along with it when the other boys target Valerie Michon at school. Every time they see her, bad things just . . . happen. At first it's just a taunt here, a tiny insult there. But things keeps escalating, and finally, the situation turns into something much worse. Rollo knows that a line has been crossed, and he struggles to make sense of how things could have gone so wrong so quickly. Maybe for the first time, he's going to have to figure it out for himself.
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