Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones

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Seventh-grader Serena Shaw is trying to keep up at school while rehearsing for the lead role in the spring musical and dealing with a father so "blue" he is nearly catatonic. With the aid of a not-so-secret admirer as well as a growing sense of self-confidence, she faces the challenges of caring for herself and her ball-of-charm younger brother, all while attempting to lead the life of a normal pre-teen. Readers will be drawn into this convincing portrait of a vivacious young person who is on a path to discovering that taking on responsibility sometimes means finding the best way to ask for help.

About Traci L. Jones

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TRACI L. JONES was awarded the Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Award for her first novel, STANDING AGAINST THE WIND. She lives in Denver, Colorado.WWW.TRACILJONES.COM
Published July 19, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 208 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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A young teen struggles to balance responsibilities she shouldn't have to assume against the day-to-day travails of seventh grade.

Jul 05 2011 | Read Full Review of Silhouetted by the Blue

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Visual and dramatic arts figure highly: singing provides Serena with her one trusted mode of self-expression, while the novel's title refers to Henry's painting of Serena, which creates a turning point moment.

May 30 2011 | Read Full Review of Silhouetted by the Blue

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