Stuck between a glamorous, self-involved older sister and a spoiled, delicate younger sister, Hannah never seems to get the attention she deserves. Her mom is busy with her job and her boyfriend, and she depends on Hannah to be dependable. When Hannah decides she'll try living with her father, she finds he has a new girlfriend, and the girlfriend has an obnoxious son with whom Hannah is expected to be friendly. Hannah suspects she's the only one in her mixed-up family who isn't moonburned--floating somewhere in outer space--and she wonders how important she really is to a family that barely seems to notice her. In this humorous but thoughtful story, filled with contemporary, realistically drawn characters, Hannah must find a way to express her own personality and define her role in her ever-changing family.
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Stella Pevsner is the author of many popular books for middle-grade readers, most recently IS EVERYONE MOONBURNED BUT ME? She lives in Chicago, Illinois.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7-Hannah is stuck between her glamorous, self-absorbed older sister, Melody, and her younger, often sickly little sister Paige. The only one who doesn't cause her divorced mother any trouble, Hannah is the dependable, smart, and capable child. The problem is she doesn't realize that those very qualities are what make her special. Starting seventh grade is stressful, but even more so when she is thrown together with the obnoxious son of her father's new girlfriend. As she tries to make sense of the changing relationships of the adults close to her, she starts to think that everyone around her is "moonburned"-somewhere out in space and not connected to reality. While nothing really earth-shattering happens, there are a few tense moments when Melody is in a car accident and when Paige is rushed to the hospital with an asthma attack. The strength of the novel lies in showing how Hannah comes to realize her own worth and the important role she plays in her family. Secondary characters are competently drawn, and Pevsner sets the story in an "every town" that happens to be suburban Chicago. Libraries looking for pleasant fiction with a positive message will want to add this title.
Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD
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Book Description Clarion Books, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0395957702