“Throughout the story, happiness and sadness are closely entwined for nine-year-old Amber: she’s thrilled that her divorced mother is marrying big-hearted Max, but uneasy that ‘for the first time in my life something huge is happening and Dad isn’t even a tiny part of it.’ . . . Coville and Levy do splendid service both to this character and her creator.”
(Publisher's Weekly, starred review)
“Amber is trying to find comfortable middle ground between her father and her mother's wedding plans. She's trying not to take sides but sometimes finds herself caught between them, even in their mostly amicable split, a problem she good-naturedly deals with, setting a fine example for kids in the same position. . . . Fully faithful to the voice Danziger gave Amber Brown, this visit with an old friend will totally satisfy readers. (afterword by Danziger's niece, ‘the real Amber Brown’)”
(Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
"Amber's original voice rings true, delivering plenty of wordplay and hilarious, wide-eyed observations. Ever insightful and resilient, Amber faces her challenges head on and recognizes that change is inevitable and difficult." --School Library Journal
About the Author
Paula Danziger (1944-2004) was a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer who had a direct line into kids' hearts and funny bones.
Bruce Coville lives in Syracuse, New York.
Elizabeth Levy lives in New York City.