Blister by Susan Shreve

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An ALA Notable Book and PW Best Children's Book of 2001 winner with a resilient 10-year-old heroine whom readers will love... now in an After Words edition!

Alyssa Reed's life is a mess. Her parents can't stop fighting. Her mother won't stop crying. Alyssa's father has decided to move the family to a new town, and to move himself to a separate apartment. Nobody gave Alyssa a choice.

So Alyssa decides to take control. She renames herself Blister and starts fighting back in her own way. Blister will take on her new school with a new identity, a new wardrobe (stolen from her father's girlfriend), and a raw, new attitude that nobody can ignore. Not even the cheerleaders.

Look out world -- here comes Blister!

About Susan Shreve

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Susan Richards Shreve is the author of twelve novels and a number of books for children. She is a professor at George Mason University and the president of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. She lives in Washington, D. C.
Published September 1, 2001 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 160 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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In fairly short order, her family moves away from their idyllic country home—and her delightfully feisty grandmother, a septuagenarian dance champion—to a featureless apartment complex in the city, and then her father moves out altogether, leaving Alyssa alone with her severely depressed mother.

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After her sister is stillborn, Alyssa (who came to Jonah's aid in Jonah the Whale) and her family move from their farmhouse to a cramped apartment—and their lives begin to unravel.

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How Blister uses these purloined items to seek revenge on her father and to impress her classmates enhances the poignancy of Shreve's narrative, which offers razor-sharp insight into the mind of this troubled yet resilient heroine.

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Alyssa must use all the cleverness and strength she can find when her life starts spinning out of control.

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