By Dar Williams

ISBN-10: 054531111X

ISBN-13: 9780545311113

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Gr. 5-8. "In many ways, I'd grown up with 5 parents," says 11-year-old Amalee, who spends each Friday night together with her unmarried dad and his 4 "big, goofy friends" from collage. Amalee has struggled to navigate a middle-school social scene that's ruled via suggest women, and whilst her father contracts a life-threatening disease, she reveals her insecurities ballooning uncontrolled. It's her father's relatives of acquaintances who carry every little thing jointly and support Amalee become aware of her personal energy, forgive the imperfections in herself and her kinfolk, and shape actual friendships. Williams, top referred to as a singer and songwriter, writes a poignant, humorous debut choked with completely endearing characters. Amalee's attractive first-person voice sounds a piece too clever in areas, yet Williams writes a couple of preteen's emotional lifestyles with piercing honesty, relatively the paralyzing worry a parent's disease brings and the pain and guilt of blunders. Readers should be charmed via Williams' eccentric, lovely characters and her sharp observations in regards to the international of either middle-schoolers and adults. -Gillian Engberg

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Listen, I know what But there’s just no way you’re to say no saying, without the Fisk. King thinking something’s up. Oh, relax. We’re in Medoria now! The Queen’s Dragons have no authority here. We’ll be polite, spend three days taking our bows, and then sneak out of town the first chance we get. No one will even have time to recognize us. I promise. Speaking of not recognizing people, what is that you have on? I know, right? I honestly can’t remember ever wearing a dress before! It feels— Lovely!

And do you want to know how? Yes! H-how? Jousting! “Jousting”…? It’s the sport of kings, boy! “Two knights hurtling toward each other atop powerful chargers in a martial contest to be the first to unseat the other. ” All of your books and such are fine, and have their place… I’ve always hoped you’d start showing an interest in the manly arts, Paladin… But I was asking about— …But what really makes a man is the kind of physical mettle that can only be properly demonstrated on the tournament field!

It’s his favorite room in the palace. Much to his father’s chagrin. He’s always bringing me here to show me maps of far-off lands or to share some fanciful tale of long ago. I humor him, of course. Ugh. And mine. The King will bring him back, ma’am. You’ll see. I hope so, Corin. I really do… The Prince has returned! Make way for the Prince! Of course. …But he’s so young, and so… so… Yes. I know. What…?! Make way for King Victor and Prince Paladin! Oh, Paladin! I thought we’d lost you! You would have… Is it true?

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