ANGELS ON THE ROOF by Martha Moore

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Fourteen-year-old Shelby cannot understand why her mother, Zoe, is constantly packing them up and moving. Now that they've lived in the city for a year and Shelby even has a best friend, she's determined to stay put. She's tired of being at the mercy of her mother's strange moods and sudden whims. And she's tired of Zoe's evasions, especially on the subject of Shelby's father. When Shelby finds some concrete evidence of his existence--old photographs with a man's head carefully cut out--she determines to confront her mother. But before she has the chance, Zoe announces that they're taking a trip to Red Valley, where she used to live. Shelby hopes she can find some answers there and leave quickly. But Red Valley turns out to have a strange hold on Zoe, and Shelby discovers that some questions might be better left alone.
 

About Martha Moore

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Martha Moore teaches English in the Arlington, Texas, Independent School District. This is her third novel.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published September 8, 1997 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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From Shelby's point of view, her mother Zoe is impossible: She's uprooted them so many times Shelby has lost count, and develops temporary obsessions, like decorating the living room with pages from a Georgia O'Keeffe calendar.

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Teenaged Shelby, who has moved a dozen or so times, is tired of following the crazy whims of her mother, Zoe, ""a single mom with a string of used boyfriends."" Now they're ready to hit the road again, this time to visit Zoe's foster mother, Aunt Onie, ""a hundred-year-old-lady who lives in the m...

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