The Not-So-Great Depression by Amy Goldman Koss

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Jacki’s ninth–grade teacher is always going on about the unemployment index and the recession, but nothing sinks in until her mom is laid off and everything seems to cost more than they can afford. Acclaimed author Amy Goldman Koss delivers a warm hearted and timely tale about the things we lose and the insights we gain.

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
Published May 6, 2010 by Roaring Brook Press. 272 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Although her parents are divorced, ninth-grader Jacki has a golden California lifestyle with all the accoutrements—private school, large house with a swimming pool and a mom with a high-powered, high-paying job—the works.

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Koss’s (Side Effects) story is timely and lively, due to Jacki’s narration, which is exuberant even under duress (“My parents hold their seething, snarling, blamefest in the kitchen, way, way, too close to my couch, if you ask me”).

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