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Cohn, Rachel.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002.
ISBN 0689843372

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

"My so-called parents hate my boyfriend, Shrimp. I'm not sure they even believe he is my boyfriend. They take one look at his five-foot-five, surfer-shirt-wearin', baggy-jeans-slouchin', Pop Tart-eatin', spiked-hair-head self and you can just see confusion firebombs exploding in their heads, like they are thinking, Oh no, Cyd Charisse, that young man is not your homes.

Dig this: He is."

When Cyd stays out late with Shrimp once too often, her mom and stepdad decide they've had enough - maybe her father can do something with her. So they send her from San Francisco to New York for the summer, to stay with a man she's only met once in her life.

Susan Dunn  (Colorado Blue Spruce Children's Award)

Booktalk #2

Poor little rich punk girl. Can't stay out all night with her sexy surfer boyfriend at his brother's house, so she does her best to drive her parents crazy. So what do they do? Send her to live in New York City with the father she has never known. Is that really going to fix things, or just open her up to a whole new world of trouble?

By Dawn Rutherford of King County Library System for Evergreen Young Adult Book Award

Booktalk #3

Cyd Cherisse, expelled from boarding school, goes back home to San Francisco to live with Nancy and Sid, her mother and stepfather. Sid affectionately calls her his “hellion”, but Nancy always seems to be on Cyd’s case for one thing or another. Luckily, Cyd always has Gingerbread, the childhood rag doll her biological father gave her the one time they met, to confide in. After she stays out past curfew with her boyfriend, Shrimp, one too many times, she’s grounded in Alcatraz/the puke princess room, as Cyd refers to her bedroom, decorated by her mother in a House Beautiful but no one lives here style. Finally, no one can stand her Helen Keller impression and moping about anymore, and they decide to send her to New York to live with her bio-dad for the summer. Cyd’s always wanted to get to know him and her half-siblings. It may not be what she expected, but then, Cyd is seldom what anyone expected. Attitude, attitude, attitude. Spoiled she may be, but Cyd and Gingerbread are true originals.

By Cindy Claypool of King County Library System  for Evergreen Young Adult Book Award

SUBJECTS:     Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Stepfamilies -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Abortion -- Fiction.


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