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Okimoto, Jean Davies
New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 1996.
IL 3-6  RL 6.2
ISBN: 0812543238
       Jane and he best and only friend Alicia do everything together and think they always will--unitl the horrible news comes:  Alicia is moving away.  Now Jane is left to start seventh grade in a new school all alone. She can't decide which is worse, riding the bus by herself or having no one to eat lunch with.  But Jane isn't the only one who's alone.  Her grandfather just sits in his room upstairs since Gramma died.  He doesn't even bother to put his teeth in!  Then one day Jane's mother decides Jane should take Gramps to Seattle Centre.  There they discover a seniors' dance, a cute boy with a skateboard, and lots of nice ladies who (Jane is sure) would love to dance with Gramps if he would just put his teeth in and ask!
        Even though Gramps won't talk to any of the ladies (yet), he has some good advice for Jane on making new friends--just say "Hi!"  Jane isn't so sure about this idea, but she gives it a try.  And people start saying "Hi!" back!  Jane is thrilled to have her new friend Carly save her a seat on the bus and to have some people to eat lunch with.  Then, Saturday night, Jane and Gramps go to another seniors' dance; this time they agree to say Hi to the cute boy with the skateboard and his lovely grandmother.  Thinkgs turn out better than Jane ever expected, and everybody has a great time.  But the following Saturday brings an awful surprise for Jane and Gramps.  Together they learn that sometimes no matter how old you are, you just have to take a chance. (Stacy Charlesbois,  Adult & Young Adult Services Librarian,,  Farmington Community Library, Farmington, Michigan)
SUBJECTS:     Grandfathers -- Fiction.
                        Friendship -- Fiction.
                        Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction.


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