Water Balloon by Audrey Vernick

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Marley’s life is as precarious as an overfull water balloon—one false move and everything will burst. Her best friends are pulling away from her, and her parents, newly separated, have decided she should spend the summer with her dad in his new house, with a job she didn’t ask for and certainly doesn’t want. On the upside is a cute boy who loves dogs as much as Marley does . . . but young love has lots of opportunity for humiliation and misinterpreted signals. Luckily Marley is a girl who trusts her instincts and knows the truth when she sees it, making her an immensely appealing character and her story funny, heartfelt, and emotionally true.


About Audrey Vernick

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AUDREY VERNICK is the author of several picture books, including So You Want to Be a Rock Star, Brothers at Bat, and Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten. She has received starred reviews from PW and SLJ. Audrey lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and one dog. www.audreyvernick.com HENRY COLE is the illustrator of numerous books for children, including the Katy Duck series, the popular (and often banned) And Tango Makes Three, and I Know a Wee Piggy, which received two starred reviews. Henry is also the author and illustrator of A Nest for Celeste. www.henrycole.net
Published September 6, 2011 by Clarion Books. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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The sweet, swoony young romance doesn’t hurt either, and preteen female readers will eat this up and learn a wise and wistful thing or two about friendships, including when and how to walk away and start new ones.

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With her parents recently separated, Marley will be living with her father while her mother is away, first on a road trip and then helping care for Marley's grandmother.

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