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Erskine, Kathryn.
New York : Philomel Books, 2007
ISBN 0399247742
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After years of being batted around, fourteen year old Matt has learned to rely on herself at school and everywhere.  "Biology is good.   I am an expert.   We are studying morphing, but I have already morphed.  I have my own exoskeleton.  . . I have spent years developing my armor and I will not let it be pierced."  She must call on all of her resources to handle Mr. Warhead, the Rat, and the Wall at her new school, not to mention the Beast in her head.  But somehow it is even more difficult to cope with the warm Quaker family, her "last chance," who has taken her in.  Why does Jessica insist on acting like a mom?  Why can't their little boy with his gack covered fingers just leave her alone?  And why does Sam have to care about her--and everything--so much?  Doesn't he realize that only gets you hurt?  And even though Matt knows that pain very well, why is she finally letting down her armor and allowing herself to care?  QUAKING was picked as a "Top Ten" book of 2008 for reluctant readers by the American Library Association and a "Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers" by VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates).  See more reviews at Amazon. (Kathy Erskine, teacher)
SUBJECTS:     Patriotism -- Fiction.
                        Toleration -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Quakers -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Self-actualization (Psychology)
                        Pennsylvania -- Fiction.

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