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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Series: mix
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin; Original edition (April 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442409231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442409231
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Funny, quirky and touching, with characters that leap off the page and into your heart. TRAUMA QUEEN gives us a mother-daughter relationship that will make you laugh, groan and cheer. Barbara Dee has mastered the knack of letting her characters be true to themselves and shine."
--Julia DeVillers

"TRAUMA QUEEN made me giggle, cringe and cheer! With a main character you can root for, humor that will make you laugh out loud, poignant drama that tugs at your heart, and performance art galore, this story perfectly captures middle school family and friend dynamics. Bravo!"

--Erin Dionne

"Totally funny, refreshingly realistic look on a crazy middle school life.Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee is an easy read, filled with humor and relatable scenarios. Be sure to pick up a copy to discover how Marigold’s crazy story unfolds."

--Girls Life Magazine

Marigold's mom is a performance artist, and she tends to stir things up everywhere they go. Marigold is determined that this time, she'll keep a low profile at her new school. she might actually succeed, too, but then her mom decides to teach...at her new school. What mayhem will her mom cause this tme? A laugh-out-loud look at family and friendship.
--Jan Fields, Discovery Girls Magazine April/May 2011

"Marigold experiences the shifting allegiances and infighting among her classmates but in the end makes friends and comes to appreciate her over-the-top mother, with help from her wise and supportive grandmother. Often funny, the story also shows how looking at people in a new light can change one’s opinion of them."

--School Library Journal

"Terrific . . .smart and very funny"
--Nell Minow

About the Author

Barbara Dee is the author of the tween novels Just Another Day in my Insanely Real Life, Solving Zoe (2010 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year), This Is Me From Now On, and Trauma Queen. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York. You can visit her on the web at BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

More About the Author

Barbara Dee's fourth novel for tween readers, TRAUMA QUEEN (Aladdin MIX/Simon & Schuster) was published in April, 2011. She's thrilled that Discovery Girls magazine calls it "a laugh-out-loud look at family and friendship" and that Girls Life named it a "Must Read." Barbara is also the author of JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE (Publishers Weekly starred review), SOLVING ZOE (2010 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year), and THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON. You can visit her on the web at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

Customer Reviews

Trauma Queen is a great read and everything a reader wants a book to be.
Robert Kent
This book showed me that I made the perfect decision in adding more Middle Grade to my reading schedule.
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Obviously the characters were huge for me, but Marigold in particular was wonderful.
Danielle M. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
We've all been embarrassed before. Everyone has had a moment where they feel like everyone saw them do something completely stupid. It's human.

But what if your mom wrapped herself in plastic to say something about plastic surgery? Or if she drenched herself in oil -- and then DRANK some to show that the U.S. was "guzzling oil"? Just ask yourself: What if you had Marigold's mom?
Yup. Seventh grader Marigold's mom (Becca) is a performance artist. She enjoys showing people her thoughts through her actions. Marigold is pretty okay with it - maybe a little embarrassed here and there. That is, until her mom puts on a play completely criticizing Emma's mom....In every way possible.

And in case you haven't already guessed: Emma is - no, was, Marigold's best friend.
Marigold and her family are forced to move to another town after Becca's skit about Emma's mom. If they didn't move, Marigold's family would be glared at day after day - and probably not have too many friends.

Suddenly, (I know this is SO cliche but I have to say it...) Marigold's world is turned upside-down. Emma doesn't want to be friends anymore. Marigold is forced to switch schools, face some mean girls, and can't seem to get on the same page with her own mother. ESPECIALLY when her mom decides to teach an acting class at Marigold's new school!

"Trauma Queen"... a story about relationships. Not the dating kind - the kind of relationship you have with a best friend, and even your own mom. The kind that in the end, makes you feel good about yourself no matter what's going on in your life. In Barbara Dee's latest novel, you will be in tears when you understand that no matter what happens, a relationship is always there... even if it seems a little lost.

By Rachel M.
Notes:
A great book for girls ages 10-13....
I would highly recommend for a mother-daughter book club!!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
We've all been embarrassed before. Everyone has had a moment where they feel like everyone saw them do something completely stupid. It's human.

But what if your mom wrapped herself in plastic to say something about plastic surgery? Or if she drenched herself in oil -- and then DRANK some to show that the U.S. was "guzzling oil"? Just ask yourself: What if you had Marigold's mom?
Yup. Seventh grader Marigold's mom (Becca) is a performance artist. She enjoys showing people her thoughts through her actions. Marigold is pretty okay with it - maybe a little embarrassed here and there. That is, until her mom puts on a play completely criticizing Emma's mom....In every way possible.

And in case you haven't already guessed: Emma is - no, was, Marigold's best friend.
Marigold and her family are forced to move to another town after Becca's skit about Emma's mom. If they didn't move, Marigold's family would be glared at day after day - and probably not have too many friends.

Suddenly, (I know this is SO cliche but I have to say it...) Marigold's world is turned upside-down. Emma doesn't want to be friends anymore. Marigold is forced to switch schools, face some mean girls, and can't seem to get on the same page with her own mother. ESPECIALLY when her mom decides to teach an acting class at Marigold's new school!

"Trauma Queen"... a story about relationships. Not the dating kind - the kind of relationship you have with a best friend, and even your own mom. The kind that in the end, makes you feel good about yourself no matter what's going on in your life. In Barbara Dee's latest novel, you will be in tears when you understand that no matter what happens, a relationship is always there... even if it seems a little lost.

By Rachel M.
Notes:
A great book for girls ages 10-13....
I would highly recommend for a mother-daughter book club!!

<3
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on August 4, 2011
Format: Paperback
Attending three schools in four years isn't easy, so try adding a performance artist mother into the mix. For Marigold, this nightmare is her reality as she begins 7th grade at Samuel J. Crompton Middle School.

Her new school seems to be filled with one disaster after another, like wearing pj's to school on the very first day. Things go from bad to worse when her mother decides to teach an improv class at her school.

Can Marigold and her friendships survive her mother? Find out in TRAUMA QUEEN!

Barbara Dee presents readers with a fun and fluffy novel that proves how true the statement "you can't pick your family" is. Using likeable characters and mortifying, embarrassing circumstances, this novel will resonate with middle school girls and their mothers alike.

Reviewed by: Monica Sheffo
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Kent on July 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Trauma Queen is a great read and everything a reader wants a book to be. It's fun, it's funny, it's got great characters who feel real, and a catchy little plot that pulls the reader right along to the end. It's not perhaps as weighty as War and Peace, but who the heck wants to unwind at the end of a long day with War and Peace? Please don't misunderstand me. I do not mean to imply that Trauma Queen is shallow. Only that it's not self-important like too many other books whose titles I won't mention. Barbara Dee is primarily interested in showing the reader a good time first, and working in a theme and sneaking in a message or two only once the reader's basic needs have been met.

You regular Esteemed Readers know how much I love a great opening and the opening of Trauma Queen is nothing short of genuis:

I am standing outside homeroom in yellow flannel monkey pajamas.
Everyone else is dressed normally: jeans, track pants, sweaters, whatever.
Apparently because today, Monday, February 23, is not Pajama Day at Crampton Middle School. Also apparently I am the only one who is celebrating Pajama Day, because I am the only one whose mother told her it was Pajama Day. After using the New Student Information Packet to line a dog crate for this one-eared beagle she's babysitting.

I've gone on at length about great openings in the past, so I'll try to avoid that here. Still, note how Dee introduces conflict and character right off the bat, grabbing the reader at once. It's true, no one's been poisoned and must find the anecdote before the end of the story and it's an opening that won't hook everyone. Show this opening to an average twelve-year-old boy and there's a good chance he's going to set the book down and play L.A.
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