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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (October 2, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380750260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380750269
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,440,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this sensitive story of friendship, Mazer subtly breaks down barriers between rich and poor as Sarabeth Silver is finally accepted on her own terms by her wealthy friends. "The book captures the endearingly goofy moments of youth," stated PW. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 7-12 Finding friends in a new school isn't easy for any junior high school student, but it seemed like it was going to be twice as hard for Sarabeth Silver, who came from the wrong side of the tracks to a wealthy district. But with a slight twisting of the truth, Sarabeth gets acquainted with the one girl in school she really wanted to know, Grant Varrow, and quickly falls into Grant's circle of friends. Then Patty, the least friendly in the group, breaks down and confesses to Sarabeth that the uncle with whom she lives is molesting her. But everything turns out okay because Patty and her mother get counseling, the uncle is prosecuted, and Sarabeth becomes an accepted group member. Fast paced, with realistic dialogue, this easy-to-read problem novel stuffs all of this plot (including boyfriend troubles for Sarabeth) into one book. The characters are undeveloped, and readers won't care that when Patty moves in with Sarabeth, Grant disappears from Sarabeth's life almost without a whimper. Convinced that the plot will revolve around Sarabeth and Grant, it's a real shock when two-thirds of the way through the book, the molestation aspect appears and is dramatically presented and easily resolved within the last third. In spite of the plot inconsistenciesthe ease with which Sarabeth falls into the sophisticated, wealthy group and the easy, uncomplicated resolution of the molestation, this moves easily and interestingly enough along that confirmed Mazer fans will want to finish it. Kathryn Havris, Mesa Public Library, Ariz.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

NORMA FOX MAZER is the award-winning author of many novels for young people. She has been honored with the Christopher Award, a Newbery Honor, the Edgar Allen Poe Award, and a National Book Award nomination. She and her husband, novelist Harry Mazer, divide their time between Jamesville, New York, and New York City.

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Silver is a good book for young adults.
claudia
This author writes about things that mattered at the particular time and she does a very good job of it.
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Thanks, for reading my review and I hope you read this book!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on July 17, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sarabeth Silver lives with her mother in Roadview Trailer Park. Her mother had her at sixteen, and her father was killed in a ... accident. Sarabeth is moved from her plain old public school to what she calls a 'snob school'. She admires pretty, popular Grant Varrow and is amazed when she ends up friends with Grant. Grant is in a clique with her best buddies, Patty, Asa and Jennifer. At first, Sarabeth feels left out by Grant's other friends, but soon they grow close; all except for Patty Lewis. Patty is beautiful, but she has moods, and is cold towards Sarabeth. But why? Silver was the most AMAZING book. I've never read one as good.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Mechlinski VINE VOICE on October 6, 2003
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As a young teen, I loved Silver, and must've reread it a dozen times! Sarabeth is a wonderfully realistic character, and it's easy to imagine the awkwardness she feels at bridging the gap between life in a trailer with her mom, and the classmates who've known nothing but the rich life. But, as Sarabeth soon discovers, there are problems in everyone's lives, and money can't make them go away...in fact, sometimes it even makes things worse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 1999
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In the book "Silver", by Norma Fox Mazer, the main characters are Sarabeth Silver, Patty Lewis, Grant Varrow and Mark Embelsky. Sarabeth Silver is a simple girl who lives in a trailer park with her mom. Sarabeth's best friends call her Silver. Patty Lewis is a very confused, cold, girl. She lives with her uncle, whom she hates, because her mother cannot afford to rent an apartment.. Grant Varrow is the girl Sarabeth had to be friends with. Grant was popular and hung out with a "clique", consisting of Asa, Jennifer, and Patty. Mark Embelsky was the boy Silver liked. Mark goes to a different school and is obsessed with "Saving Mother Earth". The setting of this book is in Roadview Trailer Park and Drumins. Sarabeth Silver lives in the part of Roadview Trailer Park that is part of the Drumins School district.. Silver moved there because Silver's mom wanted her to go to the best school. Drumins is a rich town and everybody there has at least 3 cars. Silver, being poor, feels extremely out of place there until she meets Grant. ... I enjoyed this book because of the way the author grabbed the reader into the book. I take pleasure from books that are different and the strong subject of this book is not found in any books. The book "Silver" had something I have never in life thought about much. It was the most engaging and hysterical book I've ever read. I recommend it to any mature girl wo wants to read something out of the ordinary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sara Bernstein on November 18, 2001
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I am 20 years old, and still call this adolescent paperback one of my favorite books in the world. The first time I read the trials of Sara Beth Silver, I clearly remember tears streaming down my face. From then on, every book I have ever read has been compared to Silver. Norma Fox Mazer is incredible for capturing raw emotions in all of her books and making the characters relatable.
After reading Silver, I came away learning a life lesson I shall never forget. Money cannot buy one happiness, friends or love. I know now, that I would rather lack material things and money but be rich in love and friendship. I highly recommend this book for people of all ages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 2001
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This book was so awesome. It was one of the best books I've ever read in my whole life. It's so suspenceful. This book is definately an eye-opener. If you haven't read it yet, you really missed out. This is a book that you will enjoy. No, you will not only enjoy this book. You will make sure that others read it as well. Just like all the other people that made reviews. READ THIS BOOK. YOU WON'T REGRET IT.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1997
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Silver Norma Fox Mazer

Sarabeth Silver's mother is determined that she will live a great life that is better than her own. Sarabeth's mother makes her transfer to another school where all the rich kids go. At first Sarabeth does not fit in, but she soon becomes part of a clique of the most popular girls. As Sarabeth grows closer to the group of girls, she finds out a horrible secret that proves rich people don't have it all.
This book is a definite page turner. Once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down. It keeps you at the edge of your seat until you are finished. This book is perfect for teenagers. Once you start reading the book, you might notice that you can relate to the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By claudia on January 6, 2004
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Silver is a good book for young adults. This book talks about a young girl who's mom is a house keeper. She goes to a new Middle school where the rich kids go to. At first she feels uncomfortable at the school she attends because she didn't know nobody there but then she starts getting friends. Frinds that have painful secrets. This book is about how teenagers help each other in different situations. As a 15 year old I feel that this book was for younger girls than 15 but it really was interesting.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
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Sarabeth Silver is a teen who lives in a trailer park with hermom and cat, Tobias. When she transfers schools during the middle ofthe year, she starts to envy a clique of four girls - Patty, Asa, Jennifer, and her "idol", Grant. Sarabeth is taken by surprise when Grant "adopts" her and becomes her best friend, AND allows her into the clique.
Sarabeth still favors Grant through her transition. But when Patty reveals a shocking secret to her they become very good friends, much to Grant's dismay. Patty's secret could force her and her mother out of their glamorous mansion or cause her more pain than she has ever experianced.
This book was very good. The only complaints I have is that some plots were not developed fully and Patty's secret (I'm not a surprise spoiler!) was. . . well you'll have to read the book and find out!
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