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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 worries about whether her family understands her, whether her friends like her, whether she'll ever get her first kiss. Then she finds out that her prickly old grandfather is dying... A Newbery Honor Book.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After joining his two best friends in a spontaneous attack on a girl at their school, sixteen-year-old Rollo finds that his life is changed forever.
Despite their different backgrounds, Sarabeth, a teenager living with her mother in a trailer and transferring to a new school, makes friends with Grant and her affluent friends, including troubled Patty who shares a painful secret about her uncle.
Terri has always known something isn't right with her father and herself. They move around, a lot, never staying in one place for more than a year. After she finds out her family's secret, can she survive? Can she keep her dad out of jail and keep her family together?
It's little sister vs. big in this fresh take on a classic struggle by a master storyteller. Everything ten year-old Sprig wants, her older sister Dakota already has. Everything Sprig does, Dakota does better. And anytime Sprig complains, Dakota just grins and calls her a baby. It's enough to make a kid wish her sister would disappear. But in a year when Sprig's father is away, her favorite neighbor is ill, and the class bully is acting almost like, well, a boyfriend, Sprig discovers that allies come in unexpected shapes. Sometimes they're even related to you.
Em spent the first fourteen years of her life suffering her father's alcoholic rages and her mother's silent depression, and the next three trapped with her abusive older sister, Pamela. Now Pamela is dead, and Em is alone at last. Shy, sweet, and smart, Em does her best to live as she imagines "normal" people do. But will she be able to manage now that she's finally on her own?
Jenny meets a boy named Rob and falls in love. Then she discovers that his mother while driving drunk had run over Jenny's sister Gail. Jenny's dilemma was her loyalty to her dead sister or to her new love.
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