The Chain Letter by Julie Schumacher

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Livvie isn’t superstitious like her best friend, Joyce, who thinks everything is bad luck. So Livvie isn’t worried about tearing up the chain letter and throwing it away–until she’s humiliated in gym class, falls down her back stairs, and gets invited to Thanksgiving dinner at Peter Finch’s house. Peter’s dad has crooked teeth, a plastic wonderland in his front yard, and some kind of secret up in his study. There is no way Livvie wants Phil Finch to date her mom.

But it’s hard work keeping their families apart–especially when Livvie is assigned to work on the sixth-grade snow maze project with Peter. Clearly, Joyce was right: breaking the chain was a huge mistake. And the only way to set things straight is to find out who sent the letter in the first place. . . .

Rich in humor and suspense, Julie Schumacher’s absorbing novel is about friendship, choices, and the kind of luck that really matters.

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About Julie Schumacher

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JULIE SCHUMACHER is the author of several highly acclaimed children's books. She is a professor of English at the University of Minnesota.

Author Residence: MN
Published April 25, 2009 by Yearling. 210 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Do we make our own luck, good or bad?

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Chain Letter

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In this slice-of-life novel set in Minnesota, Schumacher (Grass Angel ) traces the string of bad luck that follows 12-year-old Livvie after she tears up the chain

Apr 18 2005 | Read Full Review of The Chain Letter

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