Hang On in There, Shelley by Kate Saksena

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Shelley's just turned fourteen, but her life has turned upside down. When her mother lost her last job, she also lost their home. Shelley begins writing to Ziggy, the lead singer in her favorite band, Arctic 2000. Ziggy "speaks" to her with his lyrics, so she chooses him to confide in, as she's afraid to keep a diary in case her mother reads it:a lot of what she needs to write about is her mother's drinking problem. She's elated when she receives a postcard from him in reply:from Italy no less! Inspired and encouraged, she continues her correspondence, telling Ziggy about her growing problems with her mother, as well as trouble with some girls at school. And Ziggy always answers, usually with the phrase "Hang on in there, Shelley," but sometimes with something more, just enough so she knows he's listening,and he cares.

A strong and endearing character, Shelley shines through the situations she's faced with and comes out on top.

About Kate Saksena

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This is Kate Saksena's first novel and she is already working on her second. She is an educator and lives in London.
Published April 30, 2003 by Bloomsbury USA Children's Books. 219 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Ostensibly about Shelley’s trying to deal with school bullies and a mother with a drinking problem, this epistolary novel consists of Shelley’s letters to rock star Ziggy and his postcards in return.

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Inspired by a magazine interview that quotes pop idol Ziggy as saying that "you must be honest with yourself and at least one person you really trust," a 14-year-old Londoner decides to wri

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