The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods by Ann Cameron

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Amanda feels awkward in her family; her older sister is a wonderful student and always pleases her mother. Now to top it all off her only friend has moved to Montana, leaving Amanda alone to make a new friend, improve her schoolwork, learn to talk to her dad, get along with her sister, and make her mother happy. No easy task, but Amanda is much more perceptive and intelligent than some people think.
 

About Ann Cameron

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ANN CAMERON is the author of fifteen books, including "The Stories Julian Tells," a JLG selections, and "The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods," a National Book Award finalist. She grew up in a small town on a lake in northern Wisconsin--Rice Lake. she's lived for the past twenty years in a small town on a lake in the Guatemalan highlands. To write "Colibr"i, she traveled to many places in Guatemala where the book is set, crawled around in dark caves, including one where a real Mayan treasure had been found, and consulted Mayan calender diviners.
 
Published April 21, 1998 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Casting aside her mother’s meticulous criterion, older sister Margaret’s Dale Carnegie—inspired thoughts, and the dubious punditry of women’s magazines, Amanda learns to see through her own eyes, speak “her own real thoughts.” Cameron (More Stories Huey Tells, 1997, etc.) avoids grand revelations...

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This National Book Award finalist, set in 1950s Wisconsin, centers on an 11-year-old girl's coming of age. PW called her transformation less dramatic than a butterfly's metamorphosis, but just about

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This National Book Award finalist, set in 1950s Wisconsin, centers on an 11-year-old girl's coming of age.

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