Synopses & Reviews
Fifth-grader Abby Hayes has two older "SuperSibs"--Isabel the brain and Eva the star athlete. Her younger brother is a child prodigy. Her mother is a lawyer, and her father is a Web designer. Trying to fit in, Abby takes solace in the 73 inspirational calendars she has in her room.
"In a style that is reminiscent of the Amelia books by Marissa Moss, this offers the innermost thoughts of Abby Hayes as she tries to find a way to shine in her family of superstars. Told through prose, journal entries, and line drawings, the story follows Abby as she tries to make her mark in soccer, though she has little natural talent or inclination. Meanwhile, she is oblivious to her her true calling-writing-until a piece she writes on soccer is printed in the local newspaper. The first in a series, this covers some well-traveled ground, but the format, the realistic happenings, and the upbeat ending make it appealing fare. -Ilene Cooper
--Booklist, August 2000
About the Author
Anne Mazer grew up in a family of writers in upstate New York. Intending to be an artist, she studied at the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University. She then went to Paris for three years, where she studied French and French literature and where she began to write. She is the author of over thirty-five books, including the picture books THE SALAMANDER ROOM and THE NO-NOTHINGS AND THEIR BABY, as well as several novels. Her series include The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes and Sister Magic. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband. Visit her at www.amazingmazer.com.