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Martin, Ann M.
New York : Scholastic, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 6.5
ISBN 0439579449
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Some days, Ellie Dingman wonders if she can continue to believe in her mother and accept her faults.  Doris Day Dingman is not like the other mothers in town.  Doris dreams of being an actress or a model.  That isn't too realistic in a small town in New York.  Ellie is having her own problems at school as the kids target her and her best friend for bullying.  After President Kennedy is assassinated, Doris feels the need to live out her dreams before it's too late.  So, she packs her bags and heads off to New York City leaving Ellie to watch her younger brother and sister while dad is at work.  And now it's up to Ellie to hold the family together.  But how can she when she can't even get through a day at school without being slammed?
SUBJECTS:     Identity -- Fiction.
                        Mothers -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Fiction.
                        Prejudices -- Fiction.
                        Neighborhood -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        New York (State) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


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