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Having her parents live in the same town isn't working out as well as Amber had hoped. Since she's staying at her dad's over Christmas vacation, she doesn't get to go to Disneyland with her mom and aunt Pam. When her mom gets back, she tells Amber that she and Max are getting married soon and are going to look for a new house-maybe even in a new town! And then, when Amber is meant to see a movie with her dad, he goes out on a date instead.
Some kids have parents who are still together. Some kids don't ever have to move. Some kids seem to have no problems-making Amber Brown green with envy.
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Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?
Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards.
Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.
In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children’s Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Tony Ross lives in London, England.
Gr. 2-4. From the popular series that began with Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon (1994), this accessible chapter book finds Amber in some distress as her divorced parents struggle to make new lives for themselves. On their weekend "together," Amber's father breaks a promise to take her to a movie, leaves her with a sitter, and goes out with a woman he met that day in the grocery store. Meanwhile, Amber's mother and her intended husband, Max, shop for a house, but not necessarily in the same town or near the same school that Amber has always known. Worse still, Amber's dad is furious with her mom and Max, and the feeling is mutual. The first-person narrative is fresh, articulate, and occasionally funny, though Danziger delivers more than light entertainment here. Readers will feel Amber's pain as she confronts each parent and her surprise when she finds comfort in the most unlikely place--the principal's office. Ross contributes lively, expressive ink drawings that help lighten this truthful but hopeful portrait of Amber's family in transition. Carolyn Phelan
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