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Mariah Keeps Cool Hardcover – April 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1st ed edition (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027922952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027922950
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 3-6-- In this sequel to Mariah Loves Rock (Bradbury, 1988), the 11-year-old black heroine begins her summer facing several challenges. First, she plans to enter an all-city swim meet never before attempted by children from their local recreation center. Then, her beloved older sister Lynn is acting mysteriously, and Mariah wants to know why. Finally, her 16-year-old half-sister Denise has come to live with the Metcalfs, and her disdain of rules and order is disrupting the family harmony. Hard work yields swim team success in the face of prejudice by some of the other participants, and Mariah discovers that Lynn is secretly volunteering at a homeless shelter. Overcoming her third challenge, handling her jealousy of her father's attention to Denise and coming to an understanding of her half-sister's behavior, requires all the maturity Mariah can muster. While the characters, setting, and dialogue ring true, the simplistic handling of a shuffled-around half-sister who feels courtesy and discipline cramp her style is less than satisfying. At the very least, one would expect the assimilation of a troubled teenager into a family would require tremendous parental effort, and none is in evidence. The father travels a lot and, when home, is not particularly sensitive to the family dynamics; the stepmother's resentment of the intruder is below the surface but still there. Young readers, however, will probably not tune into these nuances.
- Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Format: Paperback
Mariah is planning a party for her sister Lynn. Lynn keeps on telling her that she doesn't want a party. Mariah doesn't care!Mariah's half sister Denise comes to live with them. Denise would not follow any of the rules and would disrupt the family.

Mariah' family is starting to fall apart. Mariah joins a team called the Fantastic Five. That is a swim team. She loves to swim and is pretty good at it.I reccomend this book to mainly girls. Some how she manages to get her family back together.
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I read this book at school and it was REALY gool I loved it. Mariah's step sister comes to visit at first she us exited but then her step sister doesn't follow any rules. If your like me and love to read this is a book for you.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hena M. on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In the story, Mariah's half sister(Daddy's daughter from a 1st marriage) enters her life.See how heer mother sister and her self adjust to this big change. At first Shek Bashara maniac Mariah,has low opinions of her half sister but as the Juneteenth celebration and a special swim meet for The Friendly Five(Mariah and her best friends) you see how the pull together as a family. The sequal is MARIAH LOVES ROCK.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The book Mariah Keeps Cool is about a girl named Mariah, she has a sister named Lynn and is about to get another sister named Denise there half sister at first she likes her but then it turns out they hate each other. Denise is 16. Mariah is on a swim team. The coach is very hard headed. I think this book is the worst book I have ever read in my whole life. The swim team is named Friendly 5. Mariahs favorite star is sheik. BY LINDSEY K.
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