It's Hot and Cold in Miami by Nicole Rubel

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Rachel has theories about a lot of things – how she ended up
with humongous beaver teeth, why tourists who visit Miami
wear such ugly clothes, and why her father loves her identical
twin sister, Rebecca, the most. Still, there are many things in
Rachel’s life that even her best theories can’t really explain.
Why, for instance, does her grandmother insist on feeding her
honey cake every Sunday, when everyone knows it tastes
disgusting? Why did Rachel end up with the most ancient fifthgrade
teacher in the school, a woman with amoeba-shaped
stains under her arms? And why is Rachel always in trouble,
unlike Rebecca?
In humor-filled prose and pictures, Nicole Rubel introduces us
to a remarkably off-the-wall family – a father who sells novelty
maracas for a living, a mother who is so gorgeous even
orangutans fall in love with her, a sister who is a perfect genius,
and scattered Rachel – struggling to find her unique talent and
self-confidence.

 

About Nicole Rubel

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NICOLE RUBEL is the co-creator of Rotten Ralph and theauthor and illustrator of many more books, including Twice AsNice: What It’s Like to Be a Twin. She lives in Aurora, Oregon.
 
Published April 18, 2006 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 208 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Constantly in the shadow of her high-achieving sister, Rachel laments her feelings of inadequacy and theorizes about why her father loves her sister best, why Rebecca hates her and why her luck is so poor that she not only winds up with the worst teacher in school but constantly manages to cause ...

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And in an over-the-top incident at the swimming pool, their mother lambastes Rachel for having a potbelly, yelling, ""Just looking at you makes me depressed!"" Rachel gets some long-awaited recognition when she wins a drawing contest at school and (even though her mother flushes the candy prize d...

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