Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick

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It's not easy being Claire. (Really.)

Claire's life is a joke . . . but she's not laughing. While her friends seem to be leaping forward, she's dancing in the same place. The mean girls at school are living up to their mean name, and there's a boy, Ryder, who's just as bad, if not worse. And at home, nobody's really listening to her -- if anything, they seem to be more in on the joke than she is.

Then into all of this (not-very-funny-to-Claire) comedy comes something intense and tragic -- while her dad is talking to her at the kitchen table, he falls over with a medical emergency. Suddenly the joke has become very serious -- and the only way Claire, her family, and her friends are going to get through it is if they can find a way to make it funny again.

About Jordan Sonnenblick

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Jordan Sonnenblick’s YA titles include Drums, Girls, And Dangerous Pie, Notes from the Midnight Driver, and After Ever After, which have built him a big teen fan base in trade and school markets.  He is also the author of the Dodger and Me  series from F&F. A former middle-school English teacher, he lives with his family in Bethlehem, PA.
Published September 27, 2016 by Scholastic Press. 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 6–8—Claire Goldsmith has been living a relatively cursed life, at least in her opinion. Her dance friends have all moved up a level, but she's stayed the same. Eighth grade is nightmarish thanks to mean girls and an even meaner boy. At home, her parents and older brother aren't exactly sympath...

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