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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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As If Being 12 3/4 Isn't Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President!

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As if being 12 3/4 isn’t bad enough, Vanessa Rothrock’s mother is running for president and it’s ruining her life. Isn’t it enough that her enormous feet trip her up all the time, even on stage during the school spelling bee? Isn’t it enough that Reginald Trumball, love of Vanessa’s pathetic life, read her personal and private list of deficiencies to some boy she doesn’t even know? And that the Boob Fairy hasn’t visited her even once?! Doesn’t Mom realize that Vanessa needs her more than the rest of the country? More importantly, doesn’t she realize that she may be in grave danger? Vanessa's receiving threatening notes at school–notes that imply some psycho has it out for her mother at the Democratic National Convention. Vanessa might be the only person who can save her. But does she have the courage to do what that requires?

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"Even though her breasts are 'the size of cherry pits' and her widowed mother — the governor of Florida and a frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primaries — is rarely around, wonderful things are happening for seventh-grader Vanessa Rothrock. She wins the school spelling bee, and love notes from a secret admirer appear in her locker. Vanessa is proud of her mother's political success, but she grows weary of receiving motherly advice via telephone, e-mail and hastily scribbled notes. First-novelist Gephart adds a good degree of tension as Vanessa accidentally finds hate mail addressed to her mother; Vanessa is sure her mother is in imminent danger, but her mother — who happens to be meeting with Governor Schwarzenegger — explains that she receives dozens a day ('You should have seen the ones I got during the budget crunch,' says Gephart's Schwarzenegger. 'Half the state wanted to pummel me to death with oranges'). Soon afterward, Vanessa begins receiving threatening letters at school from someone who wants her to pressure her mother into dropping out of the race. Gephart maintains the humor even as the stakes rise; she also successfully captures life in the public eye. She delivers a diverting story that also gives readers an intelligent look at primaries, caucuses and nominating conventions. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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As If Being 12 3⁄4 . . . is Donna Gephart’s first novel. She lives with her family in Jupiter, Florida, where she’s already at work on her second.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385734813
Author:
Gephart, Donna
Publisher:
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Subject:
People & Places - United States
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Politics, practical
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Mothers and daughters
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20080212
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.34x5.85x.93 in. .77 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Even though her breasts are 'the size of cherry pits' and her widowed mother — the governor of Florida and a frontrunner in the Democratic presidential primaries — is rarely around, wonderful things are happening for seventh-grader Vanessa Rothrock. She wins the school spelling bee, and love notes from a secret admirer appear in her locker. Vanessa is proud of her mother's political success, but she grows weary of receiving motherly advice via telephone, e-mail and hastily scribbled notes. First-novelist Gephart adds a good degree of tension as Vanessa accidentally finds hate mail addressed to her mother; Vanessa is sure her mother is in imminent danger, but her mother — who happens to be meeting with Governor Schwarzenegger — explains that she receives dozens a day ('You should have seen the ones I got during the budget crunch,' says Gephart's Schwarzenegger. 'Half the state wanted to pummel me to death with oranges'). Soon afterward, Vanessa begins receiving threatening letters at school from someone who wants her to pressure her mother into dropping out of the race. Gephart maintains the humor even as the stakes rise; she also successfully captures life in the public eye. She delivers a diverting story that also gives readers an intelligent look at primaries, caucuses and nominating conventions. Ages 8-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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