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Absolutely Normal Chaos

Sharon Creech (1997), 240 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Realistic Fiction
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Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer, while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin's search for his biological father.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0064406326
ISBN-13: 9780064406321
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3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 books3 out of 5 booksBoredom Shoots to Excitement
Commenter: Aj, grade 9
It was a little boring at first but it had a good storyline to it. I liked everything that happened and the characters were easy to get to know. Sharon Creech is such a great athour I just like saying I have read all her books. :) happy reading!!
4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 books4 out of 5 booksCrazy Summer!
Commenter: St. Charles Reader, grade 0
Mary Lou Finney's cousin comes over and her summer turns into the craziest roller coaster ever!
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Agnes Parker... Girl in Progress

Kathleen O'Dell (2003), 160 pages
Illustrated by Charise Mericle Harper
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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Agnes is beginning sixth grade with her best friend, Prejean. Unfortunately, Peggy Neidermeyer is also in their class. Neidermeyer's been tormenting Agnes for years. When a fascinating new boy shows up in class, Agnes wants to get to know him, but so does Neidermeyer. Can Agnes stand up to Neidermeyer, keep her friendship with Prejean strong, and get to know Joe at the same time? Read more about Agnes in Agnes Parker-- Happy Camper and Agnes Parker-- Keeping Cool in Middle School.
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 2/11/2010
ISBN-10: 0803726481
ISBN-13: 9780803726482
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Agony of Alice

Phyllis Naylor (2007), 144 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Realistic Fiction
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Eleven-year-old, motherless Alice decides she needs a gorgeous role model. She is greatly disappointed when she is placed in Mrs. Plotkins's class, until she discovers it's what people are inside that really counts.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 141695533X
ISBN-13: 9781416955337
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Alchemy and Meggy Swann

Karen Cushman (2010), 176 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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With a name like Meggy Swann everything in life should be lovely. Unfortunately, that is very far from the truth when your legs are crippled, your mother finds you a bother, and everyone in London shuns the unfortunate. However, it is Meggy's high spirit and determination that carry her through the difficult daily tasks. Sent to her father, Meggy arrives with not much more than her goose. With his alchemy experiments failing, money is scarce and her father's needs are quite demanding. Soon she finds herself caught up in her father's dark schemes and she is determined that things do not go as planned.
Similar books: Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman; The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Reviewed by: adf
Date read: 8/2/2010
ISBN-10: 0547231849
ISBN-13: 9780547231846
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Alice in Lace

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (1996), 144 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
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A girl named Alice is having a pretend wedding in her health class! She also works on getting her father to marry her English teacher.
Reviewed by: St. Charles Reader
Date read: 2/18/2010
ISBN-10: 0689803583
ISBN-13: 9780689803581
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