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Greene, Stephanie.
New York : Clarion, 2002.
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
ISBN 0618177442

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Margaret has had a very happy life but now things seem to be going wrong all at once.  First her father remarries.  She now has a stepmother and three new sisters.  There is a lot of competition for dad's attention now.  Then Margaret's beloved grandfather get ill and her grandparents sell their home and move into a retirement village.  Gran and Tad's home has always been like a second home to Margaret and now it's gone.  The she finds out that her stepmother is going to have another baby.  The final blow comes when her grandfather dies.  Can things get any worse?  Sure they can.  Now her grandmother has given up and doesn't care about anything.  Can spunky Margaret turn things around?  Can she overcome these problems?

Booktalk #2

So you think it’s easy dealing with your dad remarrying a woman named Wendy with two girls of her own!  But you know what?  I’m not dealing with this, I’m getting away.  Grandma will understand.  She’ll have time to listen to me. She’ll comfort me. Grandmas have nothing to worry about like kids like me. I mean, why do things have to change!
Rats. Grandmas do have problems. She’s moodier than I am, since Grandpa died. Plus, she no longer lives in the house she and Grandpa shared. Let’s see…I’ll visit all of Gran’s neighbors and invite them to her house for a party.  Things will surely fall into place then, maybe even for me!  (Rose Davis, South Carolina Book Awards, 2006)

SUBJECTS:     Grandmothers -- Fiction.
                        Stepfamilies -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Moving, Household -- Fiction.


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