At a quick glance, Carrie looks just like everybody else in her seventh-grade class. She gets good grades, acts in school plays, kicks a pretty decent soccer ball, and is a sensational Game Boy champion. But watch her a little longer and Carrie looks very different. She shrugs her shoulder a little too often, jerks her head, coughs and sniffs in uncontrollable bursts. She has Tourette’s syndrome. And at a time when all a kid wants to do is blend in with the crowd, she stands out like crazy.
From the Hardcover edition.
About Marcia Byalick
Marcia Byalick is a freelance writer who has contributed to The New York Times, Newsday, and Family Circle among many other publications. She is also the content editor for the BeingGirl.com Web site, aimed at girls ages 10 to 15.From… More about Marcia Byalick
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Published by Yearling Jan 16, 2009| 176 Pages| Middle Grade (8-12)| ISBN 9780307543738
“The heroine is a likable seventh-grader [whose life] in many ways is like any other girl’s. . . . How [everything] is resolved makes for thought-provoking and satisfying reading.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Carrie’s voice is strong and the author tells a convincing story.”—School Library Journal
“Byalick skillfully personalizes a syndrome rarely dealt with in children’s literature, at the same time telling an appealing story of a likable protagonist whom readers will sympathize with, root for, and learn from.”—Booklist
“Every reader who’s ever known public discomfort (which is likely to be every reader, period) will empathize with Carrie’s struggle.”—The Bulletin