A Mother to Embarrass Me by Carol Lynch Williams

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Now that Laura is 12 years old, she realizes that everything about her mother is totally embarrassing. Like the way she yodels at the top of her lungs while she works (okay, she calls it singing). And plays really old music so loud the neighbors can hear (can’t she listen to normal music?). And walks around in clay-covered pajamas (yes, she is a sculptor, but still . . . ).

But things are about to get much, much worse. Laura has noticed that her mother is getting a little bit, well, fat. Then one night over dinner (at a restaurant, since she almost burned down the house trying to cook), her mother announces that she’s going to have a baby. Now all the neighbors, including the gorgeous boy Laura has a crush on, will know her parents have been doing it. Maybe even in the house! There must be some way Laura can change her mother before her own life is completely, utterly ruined!

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About Carol Lynch Williams

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CAROL LYNCH WILLIAMS, winner of the 2009 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, grew up in Florida, but now lives in Utah. Her novel The Chosen One was named one of 2010 ALA's "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" and "Best Books for Young Adult Readers".  
Published December 18, 2008 by Yearling. 146 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The continuous bombardment of incidents that leaves Laura with an ongoing list of things she’d like to change about her mother seems increasingly vapid and silly as readers learn that there have been five miscarriages and that Mom is beloved by everyone else.

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Perplexed that her parent has gone "from cool to geek" seemingly overnight, Laura begins yet another of her beloved lists: "Things to change about MY MOTHER."

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