Letters In The Attic by Bonnie Shimko SHIMKO

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Lizzy McMann, A feisty twelve-year-old, lives with her immature mother and Manny, her father (she thinks) in a fleabag Phoenix hotel. One night, Manny's sudden announcement that he wants a divorce forces mother and daughter to move to upstate New York to live with Lizzy's grandmother and grandfather—a mixed blessing. At school, Lizzy befriends, then falls in love with, Eva Singer, who is dyslexic, looks like Natalie Wood and lives right down the street. Like all girls her age, Lizzy has to deal with her first period, her first bra and her first boyfriend. But what scares her most is her love for Eva. She is also concerned with getting a new husband for Mama—especially after reading Mama's letters that she has found in the attic. Then Eva gets a boyfriend and Mama's life enters what seems to be a new crisis. . . . How Lizzy comes to grips with life's strange twists and turns makes fascinating reading for adults and young readers alike.

About Bonnie Shimko SHIMKO

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BONNIE SHIMKO is the author of the critically acclaimed "Letters in the Attic," which won a Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.
Published August 30, 2005 by Chicago Review Press. 227 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian, Children's Books. Fiction

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To add insult to injury, Manny tells the desk clerk at the Phoenix hotel the McManns have been living in that their room will be vacated the next day, so Lizzy and Veronica must find a new home as well as a new breadwinner.

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A young girl's growing pains include falling for another girl in Bonnie Shimko's Letters in the Attic.

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