Goodbye, Amanda the Good by Susan Shreve

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Amanda Bates, older sister of Joshua T. Bates, has always been a "good girl," gotten good grades, and played by the rules. But now that she's in junior high, Amanda is discovering that those rules have changed. Her friends have all gone to other schools, her body's changing, her moods are up and down . . . she doesn't even recognize herself! Amanda decides that her only chance to fit in is to join "the Club," so she dyes her hair purple, changes her name to Cheetah, cuts school, and starts dating an older boy with a shady past. It's as if she's two different people: the one doing all these things she knows are wrong and the one watching them happen--and before long, she's going to have to choose between them.
 

About Susan Shreve

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Susan Shreve is the author of many popular middle-grade novels, including The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates, Joshua T. Bates in Trouble Again, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award winner Lucy Forever & Miss Rosetree, Shrinks.
 
Published March 28, 2000 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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PLB 0-679-99241-3 In Shreve’s funny version of a junior high identity crisis, a good girl goes bad, but redeems herself before any real crimes have been committed.

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"Perceptive and sympathetic, Shreve's savvy novel focuses on a seventh-grader (Joshua T.

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As Amanda flirts with a new persona by dyeing her hair, cutting class and considering renaming herself Cheetah, Shreve gradually introduces clues for Fern's sudden interest in Amanda and for Fern's manipulations.

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