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Anderson, Laurie Halse.
New York : Viking, 2002.
ISBN 0670035661

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Kate has her life planned out.  She will be accepted to MIT and study chemistry.  She just knows it will all work out.  After all, it's the only school she has applied to.  She didn't choose any backups.  Even though she was deferred from early admission, she knows she'll get in.  Kate is tired of being the minister's good daughter and would love the bad Kate to get out occasionally.  When a tragedy affects the neighbors, Kate is put into a position of helping when she doesn't want to.  But, Good Kate takes over and she finds that helping others can lead to unexpected results.

Booktalk #2

Safety tip: Never mix chemicals without a defined procedureóthey might explode.

Right now Kate Malone feels like she is ready to explode.

You see Good Kate, the daughter of Reverend Jack Malone, honor student and family caretaker, the always dependable daughter, a shoe in for acceptance at a college of her choice, Good Kate had done the unthinkable. Even the smartest students always apply to 5 or 10 schools just to be sure they have a fall back position. But Kate had only applied to oneóMIT.

Now she is worried, worried to the point of panic that she might not get accepted. As Bad Kate keeps reminding her, she lied to her friends and her father about applying to other schools, and now she is paying the price. As most of her high achieving friends get their acceptances the pressure builds.

Kate Malone feels like she is ready to explode. She canít sleep. She canít concentrate. She is becoming more and more disagreeable. One event could trigger an explosion or something even more fundamental.

Whatever happens youíll make the best of it, says Good Kate.

Your going to lose it big time, Bad Kate screams.

by Tom Reynolds of Sno-Isle Library System for Evergreen Young Adult Book Award

SUBJECTS:     High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Neighborliness -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.


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