Amalee by Dar Williams

By Dar Williams

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Gr. 5-8. "In many ways, I'd grown up with 5 parents," says 11-year-old Amalee, who spends each Friday night along with her unmarried dad and his 4 "big, goofy friends" from university. Amalee has struggled to navigate a middle-school social scene that's ruled via suggest women, and while her father contracts a life-threatening disorder, she reveals her insecurities ballooning uncontrolled. It's her father's family members of acquaintances who carry every thing jointly and support Amalee notice her personal energy, forgive the imperfections in herself and her relations, and shape real friendships. Williams, top referred to as a singer and songwriter, writes a poignant, humorous debut choked with totally endearing characters. Amalee's attractive first-person voice sounds a section too clever in locations, yet Williams writes a few preteen's emotional lifestyles with piercing honesty, rather the paralyzing worry a parent's disorder brings and the suffering and guilt of errors. Readers might be charmed by means of Williams' eccentric, cute characters and her sharp observations concerning the international of either middle-schoolers and adults. -Gillian Engberg

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But Grumpus never forgave her.  . ” 35 36 5 The Outlaws Attack Sister Wolf missed her old pack but was content with her new pack: the village of Stonebriar. She loved many of the villagers like family. Especially the children. Whenever Sister Wolf felt lonely, the bright laughter of children would drive away the fog in her heart. Nevertheless, there were things about Stonebriar that troubled Sister Wolf. The nobility and some of the wealthier merchants— especially those who were members of the council— dressed in bright frilly clothes and wore gold around their necks and fingers.

And she thought of her good friend, the Beggar King. She remembered what the Beggar King had taught her about how hard it was for people to share. Since her heart and mind were too full to sleep, she went for a walk under the cool light of the full moon. As she walked, she watched the trees gently swaying in the breeze. She heard the hoot of a barn owl as it flapped into the night. Sister Wolf thought to herself, “Owls are able to make nests to keep out the cold. ” She kept walking, slowly making her way down the mountain towards the road to Brookhaven.

Eventually, he said, “Some people have big houses because they want to impress the people with 31 32 smaller houses. ” The Beggar King agreed.  . and still others rarely eat anything at all? ” Again, the Beggar King didn’t know how to answer. He walked alongside his four-legged friend in silence for quite some time. He looked at some frogs jumping and splashing at the pond nearby. There weren’t fat frogs and starving frogs. They all ate what they needed and no more; there was plenty for all. A while later, he said, “Some people eat big meals because their hearts are empty.

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