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Han, Jenny.  
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 4.4
ISBN 1416909427
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Annemarie is discovering love for the first time. Actually, she is discovering that she likes her best friend, Mark, in a girlfriend-boyfriend way. He’s cute, athletic and tall. So why does he want to talk to that snotty Hadley for? Mark is hers!

In the meantime, a new cool girl has moved in to Annemarie’s school: Elaine, from New York City. Elaine is Korean This is unusual in Annemarie’s small southern town, and she has a strong fashion sense. Annemarie’s friendships are changing. Mairi and Hadley used to be her good friends, and Sherilyn, too. Things have changed a lot since elementary school.

Elaine asked Annemarie once why her mother calls her Shug. Long story. Shug Avery is a character in The Color Purple, her mom’s favorite book. As Annemarie puts it, Shug is a singer and a temptress, too. She doesn’t think she is as wild and free as Shug Avery, but who knows?  (Melissa Bowman,, Armstrong Middle School,  Lone Star Book Award nominee, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Self-esteem -- Fiction.

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