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My Sister's Wedding (The Maddie Chronicles) Paperback – March 28, 2004

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Maddie Chronicles Series

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In this true-to-life tale of growing up and letting go, 15-year-old Maddie must come to terms with how alcohol is affecting her family and friendships.

From the Author

Hannah Goodman has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed in school counseling, and has been a high school teacher for six years. She resides with her husband and daughter in Rhode Island. She’s completed two more novels about Maddie and is working on a third.

You can contact the author at: hrgoodman@cox.net.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Maddie Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (March 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595312659
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595312658
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,294,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joanne Carnevale on October 6, 2006
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I can count on one hand the number of books I've read twice. I recently finished a third reading of My Sister's Wedding before moving on to Ms. Goodman's second Maddie book, My Summer Vacation. Since that one moved me to write a review I thought any book that keeps me returning to it deserves a review, as well. As evidenced by its impressive list of awards, this is a formidable first book that showcases a new talent in Young Adult fiction. Goodman has given us a main character we can like and route for. More importantly, Maddie, her family, and her friends are people with whom we all - young or old - can identify. Who hasn't experienced teen peer pressure? Who doesn't have a little dysfunction in his or her family? Who hasn't been touched by alcoholism, or doesn't know someone who has. This book's themes are serious, timely, and handled with a loving parent's sensitive touch. Yet, there is humor here, too, as in the way Maddie consults self-help books, or her commentary on events like her dissatisfaction with a bridesmaid's dress, or the prominent location of a zit. Who can't relate to that? Teachers and counselors, as well as parents need to be familiar with My Sister's Wedding. It should be on school library shelves and recommended reading in teen alcohol programs, or just read by those of us interested in a good story, well written.
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I enjoyed reading this book - it is fresh and direct and humorous and genuine. I could relate to the dysfunctional dynamics of the family and though there are serious problems to be dealt with and people naturally irritate each other, the bottom line is they look to help each other.

I like how the main character, Maddie takes us through the events from her point of view - dealing with how can I help and how is all this effecting my life. I like the tie in with self help and realizing she has to take care of herself or at least learn to, on some level. This is great for young people (actually people of all ages) who may need to hear this!

I love the opening setting - a wedding is perfect because we all can relate to the family issues that lie just below the surface and any holiday or family event comes along and they (the issues and people) all rise to the occasion!

Hannah's opening sentences were descriptively right on the mark comig from a teenage girl....the blue dress being the wrong color and not falling or poofing where it should. I could picture this and smiled.

Read and enjoy!
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I immediately became drawn to the main character, Maddie, and her true to life struggles. Her family is messed up but she deals with it in real ways. I wish I had books like this when I was a teenager as they would have truly helped me. Maddie and the cast of characters Ms. Goodman writes about are real and meaningful. They live a life you want to know more about and you want to know how Maddie deals with it all. This first book is great and so aren't the subsequent two I've had the pleasure to read as well. I strongly recommend buying these books for the teen in your life and reading them yourselves.
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The main character Maddie- is a teenager with all the problems a teenager in this day and age has to deal with. I love the fact that she deals with it in a way that I'd let my kids read this book. My kids are far from teen-age hood but I'm saving the Maddie series for them. I loved the books myself- I've read all 3 of them and I just can't wait for the next one to come out!
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