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Danziger, Paula.
New York : Scholastic, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.0
ISBN 0590692216
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

I was excited to see a book by Paula Danziger on this yearís Sunshine State list, because she has been one of my favorite authors for years.

Read 1st 2 paragraphs on page 1

Biddle Middle is much bigger than Skateís elementary school.  Her best friend and cousin, Susie, has always been in her class.  This year they only have one class and lunch together.  And worse than that Susie is making new friends and Skate is feeling left out.  Great Uncle Mort (GUM) is not afraid of anything and tries to help Skate see the possibilities in her life instead of letting herself be scared of change and the future.  When tragedy comes Skateís way GUMís advice helps Skate make it through.  Skate is scrapbooking her way through her 6th grade year.  Will she learn how to deal with the changes in her life?  Read United Tates of America by Paula Danziger to find out all about Skates year.  (Beth Lindsay, Senior Librarian, Youth Services, South County Regional Library, Sunshine State list 2003-2004 Grades 3-5)

Booktalk #2

Skate Tate was a girl that liked to scrapbook and thought everything would always be fine. But when she comes to Biddle Middle, everything begins to change.Her best friend starts to participate in less and less of their activities, she gets picked on by eighth graders, and her great uncle, who was very     close to her, dies. Will Skate get through sixth grade? To find out, read United Tates of America.  (Ori F., student, 4th grade)

SUBJECTS:     Schools -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Artists -- Fiction.
                        Great-uncles -- Fiction.


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