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Griffin, Adele.
New York : Hyperion, 2001.
ISBN 0786806184

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Have you ever moved to a new town?  Was it easy to fit in?  Maybe someone befriended you.  Did you feel so grateful that you instantly became best friends?  Well, that is how Delia feels.  She didn't want to move to this town in Massachusetts.  She isn't comfortable in new situations.  She's overweight, quiet and socially inept.  Then she meets Amandine.  At first, Delia is excited to have a new friend.  She's been terribly lonely.  Then she starts seeing another side to Amandine.  A side that isn't particularly pretty.  Amandine seems to be obsessed with seeing the ugly side of life.  As a matter of fact, she has a notebook in which she draws the "Ugliest Things".  Delia begins to rethink the friendship.  It's hard though because Delia's parents are really taken with Amandine and keep including her in their plans.  What is it about Amandine that will change Delia's life forever?

Booktalk #2

At Deliaís first week at James DeWolf High School, she meets Amandine Elroy-Bell. Amandine is an actress, dancer, artist, and never fails to impress Delia. While Amandine and Delia have much fun together, cutting classes, sleepovers, and acting out skits, Delia realizes the real side of Amandine. When the two girls meet Mary Whitecomb in their spring fitness class, they all become friends. But then, Amandine draws an ugly, horrible picture of Mary and shows it TO HER! But, she didnít admit she drew the picture, she lied and said Delia did!  What will happen to Mary? Will the three girls ever speak again? What will Delia do? Find out by reading Amandine by Adele Griffin.  (Allison, student)

SUBJECTS:     Emotional problems -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- Fiction.


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