"The three girls featured in Pajama Party and Nannies for Hire are now planning something new--a seemingly simple birthday party. This true-to-life story becomes an adventure featuring relationships between best friends and family members, an ice-skating accident, and great fun....The fast-paced action...will appeal to readers who are new to chapter books."--School Library Journal.
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"I grew up in a small suburban community about an hour from New York City. My favorite things were biking, reading, and spying. I spied on everyone, and still do. Coffee shops, I find, make an excellent backdrop for this particular activity. I may look like I'm minding my own business, sipping coffee, eating a cheese Danish, but in fact I am really doing spy work. Listening to conversations at the tables nearby. Watching to see who is saying what to whom. I am amazingly discreet for someone who never went to spy school. As I pick up bits and pieces of true life stories, I quietly weave in my own ideas, creating new stories with my very own endings. Spy work is a lot of fun.
"My parents took me to the city often. I loved the commotion and whirl on the streets and the screeching subway underground. I loved the hot dogs and crunchy doughnuts at Chock Full 0' Nuts, and the way mustard came on a tiny rippled paper. By the time I was seven, I was certain of one thing: that I would one day live in New York. Many years later, after graduating from library school, I moved to the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and I live here still, with my husband and two children, Sam and Kate.
"I was a lucky child, really. I was so close with my grandparents, it was as if I had two sets of parents all the time I was growing up. They lived in New York but came out to our house on weekends. Fridays, Nana cooked up a storm and arrived laden with shopping bags filled with homemade Jewish delicacies. She lit Sabbath candles and told wonderful family stories. I was privy to the best gossip.
"Grampa and I played checkers. We took earlymorning walks. My goal: to get out of the house before my brother woke up, to be alone for once with Grampa. Destination: hot chocolate and a buttered roll.
"I suppose I have to tell the truth about the kind of child I was. The best word to describe me: boring. I never once did anything extraordinarily wonderful or extraordinarily terrible. I knew in my heart I wanted to be a writer when I grew up, but there was this nasty little voice in the back of my head, and it was laughing at me. "You must be kidding, Amy! Why in the world would anyone want to read what you write? Remember who you are: the most boring person in the universe. Nothing ever happens to you. What nerve you have, thinking you can do something wonderful and clever like write."
"I worked for several years as a children's librarian and, later, in the children's book departments of several major publishing houses. I had a lot of good jobs. I had a secret, too. I wanted to write. And what I wanted to write, always, was children's books. it took me a long time to get over a kind of fear of writing, to start to believe I could do it. it took me a long time to realize all those boring days of my childhood may not have been so empty after all.
"My books are about real people-often people in my own family, with new names hut familiar personality traits. The setting is more often than not New York City. Family, home. Running themes in my life, and in my stories, too."From Booklist:
Gr 2^-4. Casey, Jenny, and Kate, the three best friends from Pajama Party (1992) and Nannies for Hire (1994), return for more adventures. This time, Casey is planning a Three-Girl Luncheon Party for her ninth birthday. When this scheme hits a snag (the painter will be redoing her bedroom), she opts for ice skating instead, much to the excitement of Jenny and Kate. The party is a great success until Kate falls and breaks her arm, temporarily interrupting the fun with an ambulance ride to the hospital. Short chapters, large print, and frequent watercolor-and-gouache illustrations make this an attractive choice for newly independent readers. Well-defined characters and subtle setting details (New York City) add to the appeal. Kay Weisman
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Book Description Morrow Junior Books, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Best friends Casey, Kate, and Jenny celebrate Casey's ninth birthday by having an ice skating party, which is only temporarily spoiled when Kate falls and breaks her arm. Former library book. Mylar protector included. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 123542368
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