The Ashwater Experiment by Amy Goldman Koss
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Hillary Siegal and her footloose parents live on the road. To Hillary, each move is an escape from becoming one of the "sleepwalkers" she's seen at all of the seventeen schools she's attended. But then the Siegals land in Ashwater, California. And this time, they're staying put. Seventh grade isn't going to be a typical year for Hillary. What can she do if she can't run?

"Undercurrents of humor, and characters who develop surprising complexities, give this bittersweet tale unusual depth."
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About Amy Goldman Koss

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AMY GOLDMAN KOSS is the author of several acclaimed teen novels, including POISON IVY and SIDE EFFECTS. She lives in Glendale, CA. Visit her at www.amygoldmankoss.net.
 
Published June 1, 1999 by Puffin Books. 159 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science & Math, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The roots this new life strikes in Hillary are deep and quick, but Koss (The Trouble With Zinny Weston, 1998) gives the tale an unpredictable twist when Cass indignantly rejects her grandparents’ offer of a permanent home, then pays the price when she and her parents are suddenly forced to pull u...

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Seventh-grader Hillary has moved around so much that nothing in her environment seems to have a past or a future. She wonders if buildings, towns and even people really exist or are merely images plan

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""This sensitively wrought novel contains enough unique personalities and interesting twists to keep the audience absorbed,"" wrote PW.

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When Hillary's ""gypsy"" parents, who make their living selling handmade ""gizmos"" at street fairs and bazaars all over the country, accept a house-sitting job in Ashland, Calif., Hillary assumes it is another of the Watchers' experiments.

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Twelve-year-old Hillary, a loner whose family frequently moves, is realistically and sympathetically presented.

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