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Quick, Matthew.
Boston : Little, Brown, 2010
ISBN 0316043524
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Amber explains, "Forget about peeing, unless you want to shiver your butt off --literally. And it's pretty lonely too." Abandoned by her dad and a string of her mother's bad boyfriends, Amber is homeless and living in a school bus with her dog Thrice B (Bobby Big Boy) and her alcoholic mom.

How does she cope? She reaches out to other outcasts: the geek gang she plays computer games with at lunch, the elders at a local nursing home, a Vietnam vet, with PTS, and the Korean women who are learning English at Father Chee's church.

Amber is strong in many ways. She takes a stand on what she believes in. She loves people and the places they take her.
A violent tragedy changes everything.

This novel will touch your heart. It will make you laugh out loud and sob like a baby. This book is for all of you who live outside the edge of normal...............or not.

This book may change your life.

(booktalk by Donna Bartholomew Pine Lake Middle School Library for
Evergreen Young Adult Book Award 2013)

SUBJECTS:     Homeless persons -- Fiction.
                        Optimism -- Fiction.
                        Depression, Mental -- Fiction.
                        High schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Autism -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.   

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