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McNeal, Laura.
New York : A. Knopf, 1999.
ISBN 0679893008
                    Clara Wilson hates her crooked nose.  She wishes that straightening her nose would straighten everything in her life that is suddenly falling apart.  First off, her best friend feels that Clara is not cool enough to be her friend anymore.  Clara’s parents are acting weird.  When they decide to separate, Clara’s world is turned upside down.
                    Amos Mackenzie has problems of is own.  His father tells very corny jokes and embarrasses Amos.  What Amos does not know is that his father is suffering from cancer of the stomach.  He unexpectedly has emergency surgery and the results leave Amos feeling devastated and guilty.  Amos’s mother becomes fanatically involved in religion and then must get a waitressing job at a local hang out.  Then Amos accidentally crosses paths with the Tripp brothers.  Not only do they decide to torment Amos but they also want to make his freshmen year of high school unbearable.
                    Clara and Amos develop crushes on one another.  There are many complications to this budding romance when Eddie Tripp also develops feelings for Clara that she does not return.  Both Amos and Clara become targets for the Tripp brother’s cruelty.
                    Will Amos and Clara stand up to the Tripp brothers?  Or will they be driven apart by fear?  Read Crooked a novel about teen friendships, bullies, peer pressure, and life to find out.  (Susan Joyner, Student at USC,
SUBJECTS:     Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Parent and child -- Fiction.


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