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Grade 5-8–This coming-of-age novel introduces 13-year-old Carmen Cathcart, the oldest girl in a family of eight. In the summer before junior high, her parents move her family once again, this time to the small town of Independence, MO. As if that isnt bad enough, her mother is pregnant again. But it is when mom dies during childbirth that the real story begins. Harness accurately portrays the thoughts and feelings of an aspiring artist whose life is suddenly put on hold. Carmens pain and loneliness are brought to life through her narrative. The writing flows nicely and is especially true and tender in the dialogue between mother and daughter, but it can also be heart-wrenching when witnessing the internal struggles of Carmens father. Emotions are brought to life as the teen believably changes from a selfish adolescent into a nurturing older sister. Although some of the characters lack development, especially bad-boy-on-the-block Ricky Scudder, Harness handles well the effect of a parents death on a family.–Carly B. Wiskoff, Sayville Library, NY
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“True and tender” (School Library Journal)

“Carmen’s narration is lively and accessible” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (June 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060783133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060783136
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,729,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cheryl Harness makes her home in Independence, Missouri, the "Queen City of the Trails," a couple of blocks away from the big white house where Harry and Bess Truman used to live. She lives with Mimi (a black and white Shih Tsu)), and Merrie Emma (a cross-eyed scaredy-cat). As an author, illustrator, public speaker, and presenter in many an elementary school, Cheryl is known for her engaging, entertaining approach to history, her detailed watercolors, and the way she plays her harmonica.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D Double U on January 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I think the age range on this book is off the mark. My daughter read it for Senior honor's English and recommended it to me. I am very particular about what I read and I liked it very much. It is a very real story. My daughter said some students thought it was too sad, but she really liked it because it is so real and it does have a nice ending. I have recommended it to my mom. I sure hope there will be other novels to come. Students can learn a lot about life from this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By u. nicole on December 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
i am 37 yrs old and began reading this book after i picked it up for my daughter from our local library. i just couldn't put it down. the main character's voice, carmen, was so real and i was able to identify with many historic references throughout the book. ironically my mother, who passed away over 15 years ago, was so much like carmen's mother and my family members were so similar to those in the story too. i would highly recommend this book for any child over 10 years old. my daughter is 9, so i'm going to wait for her to read this until next year. this book made me cry and laugh and helped me learn to have faith and belief in myself, my own children and the entire meaning of family even at my age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Young on August 20, 2006
Format: Library Binding
Others have already mentioned what a fine family tale this is--virtually transporting the story-telling talent of Laura Ingalls Wilder into the early 1960s--but another aspect of this great debut novel I love is the work of Harness the historian, weaving the important events of the era and even the westerns on TV into the fabric of her tapestry of a tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.A. Bloom on October 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I laughed and cried. It was tender, mischievous, funny and at times a little harsh...very realistic! It definitely was one of those books that I had to keep reading till I was finished!! The author's words are woven together so cleverly that I found myself wondering how she could spin such a wonderful tale. Bravo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Davidharrison on April 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Cheryl Harness introduces us to Carmen and Carmen introduces us to the messy-noisy-sad-happy-complicated-tragic-loving world she lives in. Through Harness's spot-on dialogue, her artist's eye attention to telling details, and her skill in allowing her characters to grow, her story builds from one page to the next toward a climax you don't want to miss. This is the stuff that movies are made of. Can't wait for some producer to grab this one. David Harrison
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