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8 to 12
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-593-5

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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?

Meet the Author

Judith Clarke

Judith Clarke was born in Sydney, Australia, and lives in Melbourne. She is the author of many award-winning books for young adults, including Kalpana’s Dream, Wolf on the Fold, Night Train, and Friend of My Heart.

“The best job I ever had,” says Judith, “was as a tea-lady in a Sydney radio station. The worst was as governess/minder/parole officer of two teenagers whose parents had gone away (escaped?) for the long summer holidays.”

“I never made a conscious decision to be a writer; I never saw it as a profession or career. Writing was something I began doing when I was a child in the western suburbs of Sydney in the 1950s… All of the kids in my neighborhood were boys, and though they let my sister and I play with them, they pinched our marbles and comics and bashed us up. Writing stories was less dangerous.”

Kalpana's Dream (Front Street, 2004)
Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book in Fiction and Poetry

Wolf on the Fold (Front Street, 2002)
Children's Books of the Year Awards Winner-Children's Book Council of Australia

Night Train (Holt, 2000)
Children's Books of the Year Awards Honor, Older Readers
—Children's Book Council of Australia
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Winner,
Young Adult Fiction-State Library of Victoria, Australia

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