Don't Make Me Smile by Barbara Park

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"Don't even try to make me smile about this," Charlie Hickle warns his parents. They've just dropped a major bombshell: They're getting a divorce -- and they expect him to be happy for them! Well, Charlie has some big news for Mom and Dad: he's not going to let them get away with this! Instead of being cheerful, he launches a campaign to show them how he really feels. He refuses to eat this mother's cooking. He causes trouble in school. He makes nasty remarks about his father's shabby new apartment. But no matter what he does, his parents just don't seem to get the picture. Isn't it obvious they're ruining his life?

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About Barbara Park

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BARBARA PARK is beloved by millions as the author of the wildly popular Junie B. Jones series. Her middle-grade novels have won over 40 children's book awards. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling picturebook Ma, There's Nothing To Do Here!. Ms. Park has two grown sons, two small grandsons, and a medium-sized dog. She lives with her husband, Richard, in Arizona. DENISE BRUNKUS' entertaining illustrations have appeared in over fifty books, including each Junie B. title. She lives in Massachussetts with her husband and daughter.
Published August 31, 2011 by Yearling. 145 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Charlie, almost eleven, won't smile because his parents are divorcing, and—in answer to their inquiries—no, he's not okay and never will be.

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