Apartment 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou

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Callie learns about friendship, her family, and the importance of not being stuck in a regret-filled past. As it moves beyond First World problems, this coming-of-age novel reaches a satisfying depth of character and theme.
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Bestselling middle grade author Lisa Papademetriou is back with a playful, poignant story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever had to learn that love means accepting people—even yourself—for who they really are.

Callie never meant to let it go this far. Sure, she may have accidentally-on-purpose skipped a day at her fancy New York City prep school, but she never thought she’d skip the day after that! And the one after that . . . and . . . uh . . . the one after that.

But when everything in your real life is going wrong (fighting parents! bullied little brother! girls at school who just. don’t. get. it!) skipping school starts to look like a valid mental-health strategy. And when Callie runs into Cassius, a mysterious and prickly “unschooled” kid doing research at museums all across the city, it seems only natural for her to join him. Because museums are educational, which means they’re as good as going to class. Right?

Besides, school can wait. What can’t wait is the mystery of why her grandmother seems to wish she could travel back in time to 1986, or what she wants so much to relive there. As Cassius helps Callie see the world in a whole new light, she realizes that the people she loves are far from perfect—and that some family secrets shouldn’t be secret at all.

 

About Lisa Papademetriou

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Lisa Papademetriou is the author of the Candy Apple books HOW TO BE A GIRLY GIRL IN JUST TEN DAYS and ACCIDENTALLY FABULOUS. Her first hardcover novel, SIXTH-GRADE GLOMMERS, NORKS, AND ME, was named one of the best books of the year by FamilyFun.com. Lisa was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and now lives with her family in Northampton, Massachusetts. Visit her online at www.lisapapa.com.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by HarperCollins. 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books.
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Callie learns about friendship, her family, and the importance of not being stuck in a regret-filled past. As it moves beyond First World problems, this coming-of-age novel reaches a satisfying depth of character and theme.

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