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Apr 01, 2013
| ISBN 9781620910252
| 13-17 years
Nov 04, 2016
| ISBN 9781629795935
| 13-17 years
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Apr 01, 2013 | ISBN 9781620910252 | 13-17 years
Nov 04, 2016 | ISBN 9781629795935 | 13-17 years
This wholly satisfying Michael L. Printz Honor Book is told from multiple points of view. Lily Samson both loves and is embarrassed by her eccentric family. Her grandmother has an invisible friend; her grandfather is a racist (she believes); her mother brings elderly clients home from work for dinner; and her older brother keeps dropping in and out of school. Lily wishes her family could be “normal” for just one day. Then serendipity strikes. Through a series of surprising encounters, Lily’s family members all reach new understanding about themselves and make changes for the better—and Lily gets her dream of one whole and perfect day.
In this Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Lily wishes she could be like the other girls in her class. But how can she? As the only sensible person in her family, she never has time to hang out with friends. Someone has to stay home to look after her brother. Maybe she should fall in love! What could be less sensible that that? When her grandmother invites the whole family to a party, Lily cannot imagine how they will make it through the day. Her mother is always bringing home strange people. Lily doesn’t even know her father. Her grandfather has disowned her brother. Her brother has a new girlfriend that no one has met. To top it all off, that day when her eye caught Daniel Steadman’s just for a moment, she felt all woozy inside. If that was love, she isn’t sure she likes the feeling. As the party approaches, all Lily can hope for is one whole and perfect day. Is it too much to ask?
Judith Clarke has written many award-winning young adult novels including Night Train, The Lost Day, and Al Capsella and the Watchdogs. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.
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