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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nina always thought that if just one person would love her perfectly and completely, she'd never be alone again Nina's the first person in her family to leave home and go to college. Maybe that's why she feels so isolated once she gets there, especially compared to some of the other students--like her roommates, who have been friends for so long they can finish one another's sentences. But it seems like her narrow, small-town past hasn't prepared her for this life in which everyone else knows things about the world that she doesn't. Afraid of falling behind in her classes, all Nina does is study and wonder if she'll always be this lonely. But then she meets Mitch. He introduces himself from the top of some scaffolding, taking a break from painting the house next door to hers. Their growing relationship frees Nina from her self-doubt--finally, someone to love who loves her back! Their togetherness is perfect . . . but can it stay that way forever?
Some loves last forever--others, only a summer The summer Mary turns fifteen, she meets an unsuitable boy with an even more unsuitable motorcycle. Who cares if he's from the wrong side of the tracks? He's fun, and that's a risk Mary decides is worth taking. Before she got married and had three children, Zelda quit college to work in a factory because she thought it would impress her seriously political boyfriend. But it was in the factory that she found a sisterhood and a source of inspiration that would last a lifetime--considerably longer than the boyfriend. Lillian has lived all her life on Greene Street. She grew up there, got married there, raised two girls who went off to live their lives, and now--at her age!--she has the chance to leave it all behind and find love in sunny Florida. But can she, if it means living without Greene Street? There are many kinds of love, and you'll find most of them in this collection of short stories by the extraordinary Norma Fox Mazer.
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.
How's a girl supposed to know when she's in love--and more importantly, how does she get out of it? One remarkable older sister would be bad enough, but Karen Freed has two: Liz, a beautiful poet, and Tobi, compellingly intense and argumentative. Karen knows she couldn't possibly compete, but it would be nice to be known for something of her own. The three have been inseparable all through Karen's childhood, but now her sisters have moved into a world that Karen can't yet share, and their blossoming romances make her feel left out. Karen wishes some of their romance would rub off on her. She has Davey, but he's more best friend than love interest, and despite his many advances, Karen knows it wasn't meant to be. Is something wrong with her? Will she even know when love comes her way? Then she falls head over heels for someone she definitely can't have: Scott, Liz's boyfriend. Her feelings cause a rift between her and Liz, one that Karen might not be able to fix. But if anything has ever brought these three sisters together, it's coming to one another's rescue.
Vicki wishes she could solve her problems as easily as she can arrange words into a poem Vicki Marnet has two wonderful big brothers who are completely regular people. They like sports, chess, and the student senate, and are totally normal--unlike Vicky, who feels in her heart that she's different. For one thing, she writes poetry for fun. She plays with sonnets, pantoums, sestinas--all kinds of stanzas and rhymes, anything to take her mind off what's happening at home. Vicki's dad lost his job, and since he can't find another one, her family is moving to the city. They're selling their big house, moving into a tiny apartment, and facing troubles that Vicki has never known before. Ashamed and slow to make friends at her new school, Vicki puts her thoughts down in verse as she makes a new place for herself--one that's very much her very own.
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