Totally Uncool by Janice Levy
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As she describes all the things that are "uncool" about her father's latest girlfriend, a young girl begins to admit that there are some things she likes about her.

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Janice Levy is the author of "Abuelito Eats with His Fingers, Aubelito Goes Home," "The Man Who Lived in a Hat, Spirit of Tio Fernando," and "Totally Uncool," She is a three-time winner of the Writer's Digest Contest for Best Literary Short Story and a winner of the Japanese School Library Association's award for "Best Foreign Language Picture Book." She teaches writing at Hofstra University. She lives in Merrick, New York. C. B. Decker is the illustrator of "Celebrate the Fire Within," She lives in Modesto, California.
Published March 1, 2001 by Carolrhoda Books. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But the narrator has a right to her opinions, which gradually soften from complaints (“She doesn’t bake cookies”) to statements (“She sings opera to her goldfish”) to some very faint praise (“She never calls me stupid”).

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Debut illustrator Monroe works overtime to contextualize the girl's words: she is careful to indicate passage of time by a change of seasons, and her views of the child in the presence of her father and the woman he calls Sweet Potato magnify the girl's unease.

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A Patchwork of Books

I suppose it’s possible I would read such a book in e-format, though I tend to find print easier on the eye than a screen so it would be no great pleasure for me.But I also buy books on impulse because I am attracted to the cover image, the title, the colour, the sparkly bits, the fonts used, the...

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A Patchwork of Books

He would shut down this Punk Farm party so quickly.CR: As Punk Farm prepares to go on tour, is there any worry that leaving the farm will be detrimental to the band's creative flow?SHEEP: Sure, there will always be that fear.

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