With the help of her best friend, eighth grader Emily Boots begins to come to terms with her parents' divorce.
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In a sequel to B, My Name Is Bunny (1987), Bunny's best friend can't accept her parents' divorce even after her father has remarried and had a new child. Emily also notes with horror that her mother is becoming friendly with their landlord, Mr. Linaberry, who is rather plain-looking and a bit gruff; Emily's problems are compounded when she finds herself pursued by goofy, overbearing Robertson Reo, who happens to be Mr. Linaberry's nephew. Her dislike for her mother's new relationship prompts Emily to use his affections for her own ends: she tries to sabotage her mother's date by announcing that she has one, too--with Robertson. A sudden invitation to visit her father for a weekend in N.Y.C. fuels Emily's fantasy that he will return to them; but Dad only wants some time alone with her. Emily finally begins to admit that Mr. Linaberry is trying his best to be friends. Amid good-natured jokes and gags, Mazer offers a thoughtful, realistic look at a child of divorce. Emily's hostility toward her mother's new beau rings true, as do her dashed hopes for her parents' reconciliation. Robertson provides fine comic relief, even if he does seem, at times, a little too goofy. An entertaining read. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7-- Mazer makes a smooth transition from B, My Name Is Bunny (Scholastic, 1987)--although the cover photos do not--in this lightweight story about the other half of a pair of best friends. Emily is the shy and serious one who has to deal with romance problems in her own life and in her mother's. Emily's dilemma is humorous--a cute and funny boy has fallen for her but he's too young and much too devoted. A foil to this plot is Emily's mother's growing relationship with their landlord, a man Emily dislikes. Unfortunately, the adult characters are so weak that the story is unbalanced--readers will have just as hard a time believing the mother's attraction to this guy as Emily does. Emily's father is another disappointment in characterization, although her pain and concerns about her long-distance relationship with him are handled with sensitivity. As long as the focus is on adolescents, the conversational narrative, enhanced with letters, phone calls, and diary entries, is refreshingly real. Nothing substantial, but an entertaining step up from those ever-present series books. --Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
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Book Description Scholastic Trade, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Book in excellent condition, dust jacket has a hint of edgewear Prompt, reliable service, shipped next business day. Int'l mailed via first class or priority. Bookseller Inventory # 0526R495209
Book Description Scholastic Trade, 1991. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0590436538