My Girl 2

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Pocket Books, 1994 - Adolescence - 179 pages
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When you're an undertaker's daughter, life's not exactly normal to begin with.

Vada Sultenfuss is being kicked out of her room because her stepmother, Shelly, is about to have a baby. Her friend Judy's in love with a jerk. And even though Vada's best friend Thomas J died two years ago, she still misses him. But it's not just the outside world that's changing. Suddenly, Vada's beginning to wonder whether she'd rather write a really good poem-- or get a really good kiss.

Then Vada gets the chance to visit her Uncle Phil in Los Angeles-- and maybe find out more about her mother, who died when Vada was born. Her only guide to the sprawling city is a boy with an attitude problem-- Nick, her Uncle Phil's almost-stepson who acts like it's pure torture to show her around L. A.. But in this strange land of sun and palms, Vada will make some amazing discoveries...

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Patricia Hermes is the author of many highly acclaimed novels for children and young adults. Among her many awards are the California Young Reader Medal, the Pine Tree Book Award and the Hawaii Nene award. Her books have also been named IRA/CBC Children's Choices and Notable Children's Trade Books in the field of Social Studies. Her books have been praised for their "recognizable vitality" (Kirkus Reviews) and "rhythmic, homey text and genuine characters [that] resonate with authenticity" (School Library Journal starred review).

Minstrel Books publishes Kevin Corbett Eats Flies; Heads, I Win; and I Hate Being Gifted. Archway Paperbacks publishes Be Still My Heart and My Girl.

Born and educated in New York, Patricia Hermes has taught English at the High School and Junior High level and has taught Gifted and Talented programs in the grade schools, She travels frequently throughout the country, speaking at schools and conferences, to students, teachers, educators, and parents.

The mother of five children, she lives and works in New England.

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