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Mead, Alice.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2004.
IL 3-6, RL 5.5
ISBN 0374346887
Beanie has enough to worry about without the worry of beginning 5th grade with a brand new teacher.  Her mother has been sick for months and the doctor hasn't been able to figure out why.  Many scary things have been ruled out but no one can tell them why her mother is so tired all the time.  And why she has seizures.  And why she forgets things and has to write everything down.  She hasn't been able to go to work for months and Beanie feels like she is the one taking care of the family.  It's been just Mom, Beanie and her little brother Jerm since her father died.  Beanie's best friend has scoliosis and needs to wear a back brace so he won't be deformed.  To top it all off, the girls that Beanie wants to be friends with don't want anything to do with her.  Boy, is this the worst year or what?
SUBJECTS:     Chronic fatigue syndrome -- Fiction.
                        Sick -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Popularity -- Fiction.


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