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Johnson, Maureen.
New York : HarperCollins, 2004.
ISBN 0060541393

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

It's a great practical joke.  May is determined to get back to Pete.  He's been pulling jokes on her all her life.  And now this is going to be her revenge.  Even though it doesn't go off as planned, it is still great.  May and her sisters are ecstatic as they drive home.  But when they get there, they find their lives changed forever.  Their father has had a heart attack and died in his 1967 Firebird.  Now the girls cope with the loss in their own ways.  Brooks quits softball which was her ticket to a college scholarship.  She hangs around with the wrong kids and drowns her sorrow in drink.  Palmer, the youngest of the three, loses herself in her softball workouts and television.  And May tries her best to keep the family going.  Will the girls find what they need to come to terms with their loss?

Booktalk #2

May, Brooks, and Palmer Gold are very close sisters and know everything about each other.  Suddenly tragic strikes their family, at nearly the end of their great summer.  Their father is dead.  By the next summer, they sisters hardly know each other anymore.  Their family is becoming more distant from each other and they are broke.  What else could go wrong? Brooks is getting into all sorts of trouble and has given up her dream she has been after all of her life.  May struggles to take care of the family, while somehow receiving her driver's license.  Palmer hardly talks to anyone.  The only thing that can bring them together again is the key to their father's Pontiac Firebird.  Could their father's car bring them back together again? The Key to the Golden Firebird is a realistic fiction novel written by Maureen Johnson and is a great read for grades 6-8. (Anna H., student)

SUBJECTS:     Grief -- Fiction.
                        Sisters -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Automobile driving -- Fiction.
                        Alcoholism -- Fiction.
                        Softball -- Fiction.
                        Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Fiction.


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