- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (September 28, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0698116852
- ISBN-13: 978-0698116856
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,901,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Divorce Express Mass Market Paperback – September 28, 1998
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About the Author
Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards.
Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.
In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children���s Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
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It seems to me that joint custody means alot to Phoebe, because her parents are not together. Phoebe hates the fact that she has to deal with all the crisesin both of her parents lives. Phoebe's life improves when she meet a girl name Rosie who becomes her friend. Phoebe meets Rosie in Woodstock where her dad lives. Also her life changes when a boy named Dave that she had a crush on for years while going to visit her dad ask to date her. Just when phoebe thinks she got everything under control ,her mother announces that she's getting married.
Yes, I would recommand this book to other readers, because it's helping others who want to learn about marriage in the future.
However, I had the opportunity to re-read this novel at the ripe old (?) age of 38, and am now a divorced mother of two. The novel has lost some of its sparkle, and perhaps that's due to my changed circumstances. Phoebe strikes me as wise beyond her years in this novel and she shows a very level head in situations that would have normal 14-year-olds whining about how unfair life is; however, she throws a tantrum when she discovers that her mother is remarrying.
Danziger might have a low opinion of men: the fathers in her other novels "Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice?" and "The Pistachio Prescription" were ornery and nasty at times; but here, Phoebe's father is practically a saint: an eco-warrior who recycles as much as possible, paints, and saves woodland animals from traps. Phoebe's mother is a materialistic shrew, which I felt was a rather unfair characterization. She gets engaged to an insurance executive with kids older than Phoebe, and this obviously disconcerts Phoebe.
The tone of the book is city versus country life, and the hippie-esque Woodstock lifestyle is the clear winner here. She almost made me want to visit New York, but I'll save my money and make a pilgrimmage to Whole Foods Market instead, assuming I'll find the same level of smugness there that she imbues to her Woodstock-living characters.
This book is better than its inferior sequel, "It's an Aardvark-Eat-Turtle World" (in which Phoebe becomes the villain for no apparent reason) but, for me, it's not quite the same.