Letters in the Attic

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Academy Chicago Publishers, 2002 - Fiction - 194 pages
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Lizzy McMann, A feisty twelve-year-old, lives with her immature mother and Manny, her father (she thinks) in a fleabag Phoenix hotel. One night, Manny's sudden announcement that he wants a divorce forces mother and daughter to move to upstate New York to live with Lizzy's grandmother and grandfather—a mixed blessing. At school, Lizzy befriends, then falls in love with, Eva Singer, who is dyslexic, looks like Natalie Wood and lives right down the street. Like all girls her age, Lizzy has to deal with her first period, her first bra and her first boyfriend. But what scares her most is her love for Eva. She is also concerned with getting a new husband for Mama—especially after reading Mama's letters that she has found in the attic. Then Eva gets a boyfriend and Mama's life enters what seems to be a new crisis. . . . How Lizzy comes to grips with life's strange twists and turns makes fascinating reading for adults and young readers alike.

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This was a definite don't judge a book by its cover read. While I must honestly admit I didn't like the cover art (I don't think it reflects what is in the book even remotely)--I loved the story itself. Four stars. Read full review

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I am so in love with this story. I won't tell you that it's a particularly hard read or that you'll take away some great, life-changing message but the book has a feel good vibe that will make even ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Bonnie Shimko is a former teacher and the author of several novels, including The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye, a 2011 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and Letters in the Attic, winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.

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