About the Author:
Anne Mazer grew up in a family of writers in upstate New York. Intending to be an artist, she studied at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She then went to Paris for three years, where she studied French and French literature and where she began to write. She is the author of over thirty-five books, including the picture books THE SALAMANDER ROOM and THE NO-NOTHINGS AND THEIR BABY, as well as several novels. Her series include The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes and Sister Magic. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband. Visit her at www.amazingmazer.com.
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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