Vicki and her best friend fear that their sixth grade project, carrying around five-pound bags of sugar to learn about parental responsibility, will make them look ridiculous in the eyes of the seventh grade boy they both love
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Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.From School Library Journal:
Mrs. Oda challenges her sixth graders with a demanding proposition: each will assume full parental responsibility during an entire week for a baby--a 5lb. sack of sugar baby. Vicki vows to be the best parent in the class and not to cheat in caring for her "Babe." She soon learns, however, that responsibility affects, and is affected by, many circumstances. Two neighbors, senile Mr. Ambrose and a seventh-grade "terrific hunk" who has just moved in across the street, create unanticipated dilemmas for Vicki. The boy's charm causes her to temporarily abandon Babe to Mr. Ambrose's vacant gaze. When both Babe and Mr. Ambrose disappear, Vicki churns with guilt and the desire to cover up her indiscretion. Finally she confesses everything to her mother and faces up to the necessity of also telling her teacher and classmates. The plot elements conclude happily, and Mrs. Oda declares Vicki honest and courageous. The first-person narrative conveys an appropriate sixth-grade perspective and adroit sketches of Vicki and her friends. Her mother is well realized, a single working parent whose response to her daughter is sympathetic and supportive, yet astute in helping Vicki deal with her actions and their consequences. An absorbing and believable story that will set readers thinking. --Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School, Harrison, TN
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Book Description Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0397324510