You Bet Your Life by Julie Reece Deaver
A Novel (A Charlotte Zolotow Book)

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While working as an intern on a popular television comedy show produced in Chicago, seventeen-year-old Bess tries to come to terms with the loss of her mother, who committed suicide six months earlier.

About Julie Reece Deaver

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Julie Reece Deaver has worked both as a teacher's aide and in television and has had her pen-and-ink drawings appear in such periodicals as "The New Yorker" and "Reader's Digest." She is the author of "Say Goodnight, " "Gracie, " a 1988 Best Book for Young Adults (ALA) and a 1988 Recommended book for Reluctant Young Adult readers (ALA); "First Wedding, " "Once Removed;" and "You Bet Your Life." Ms. Deaver lives in Pacific Grove, California.
Published July 1, 1993 by Harpercollins Childrens Books. 209 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Both are gifted--their witty repartee, on stage and off, is a delight--but Bess has trouble trusting any new relationship ever since her loving, irresistibly funny mother's death, which Bess experienced as desertion.

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Nearly half a year after her mother's suicide, high school senior Bess begins a long-anticipated internship on The Les Comack Show , a Chicago-based TV program.

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