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Just as long as we're together / Judy Blume.

Blume, Judy. (Author).

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Bethel Public Library J BLUME COPY 2 (Text to phone) 34030111372022 Juvenile Fiction Available -

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Summary, etc.: Stephanie's relationship with her best friend, Rachel, changes during her first year in junior high as she tries to conceal a family problem and meets a new girl from California. Rachel is Stephanie's best friend, and ever since second grade they've shared each other's secrets, good and bad. When Alison moves into the neighborhood, Stephanie hopes they can all be best friends. After all, they have even more to share now, including seventh grade and Jeremy Dragon, the cutest boy in junior high. But "two's company and three's a crowd", unless the girls can learn the generosity of true friendship. Even though the three of them live in a quiet Connecticut neighborhood, there's a lot going on in their lives. Stephanie wishes her father didn't have to work so far from home and she worries that Rachel's talents will get in the way of their friendship. Rachel and Alison have to deal with the changes in their own lives, yet Stephanie is sure everything will work out fine, "just as long as we're together." From the Trade Paperback edition.
Subject: Friendship Juvenile fiction
Friendship Fiction
Family problems Fiction

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Gr 5-7 Blume once again chronicles the customs, mores, and lifestyle of preteen girls. This first-person narrative touches on many themes found in her previous novels: friendship, emerging sexuality, body weight, the family, menstruation. The freshness and intimacy of 13-year-old Stephanie Hirsch's account infuse those themes with originality. Stephanie enters seventh grade armed with innate optimism, two best friends, and a supportive mom. She gradually assimilates the devastating news of her parents' separation, endures the pain of an all-out fight with her oldest best friend, and comforts her young brother through nightmares of nuclear war. The Blume trademarks of realistic dialogue, funny non sequiturs, and forthright misinformation (gullible Stephanie is told by her friend that hairy legs on a boy indicate sexual experience) are much in evidence. The inviting jacket design, showing the three friends in a fit of giggles, perfectly evokes the upbeat story. Susan H. Patron, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Stephanie, 12, is into ``hunks'' even though she's never met one herself. But when she starts seventh grade and finds out that she and her best friend, Rachel, aren't in any of the same classes except gym, Stephanie has more to worry about than boys. A new girl, Alison, moves in; she's a welcome new friend, but her presence alters the relationship between Steph and Rachel. For the first time, Rachel has secrets from Steph. But worse, Stephanie accidently learns that her father isn't in California on business, but that her parents have separated, and that her father has a girlfriend. She even suspects her mother of having a ``fling.'' The relationships within the storyamong the three friends, and between Steph and her parentsare complicated, and Blume handles this aspect realistically and with great ease. The plot resolution, though carefully handled, is curiously flat. Despite this weakness, the story is lively, moves quickly, and captures the nutty, poignant world of very young teenagers. Ages 10-13. (September) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Gr. 6-8. Stephanie Hirsh, an eternal optimist, is looking forward to starting junior high. It bothers her that her father has to be on the West Coast until Thanksgiving, but at least she's home with her mom; her engaging younger brother, Bruce; and her best friend, Rachel Robinson. When Stephanie meets Alison Monceau, the Vietnamese daughter of an American actress, she happily incorporates the girl into her circle. But events are changing in Stephanie's life without her really being aware of them. Her father's absence turns out to be a marital separation from her mother, and Stephanie is inducted into the world of holidays split between parents, ``flings,'' and adults caught up in their own lives. Moreover, Stephanie and Rachel have a falling out, and all of Stephanie's problems lead to a significant weight gain. It's been a while since Blume has written for this age group, and she shows the same easy touch that has endeared her to so many children. Unfortunately, it's hard to be an innovator when one has so many imitators this predictable though likable story nestles right into the first-person genre. Conversations about first periods, career mothers, and boy-girl relationships abound, but the serious problems, such as what it means to be overweight in a fanatically thin society, are never really addressed. While her plotting slides a bit, Blume's characters are engaging, and fans of the author will be happy to spend time with this winsome group. IC. Friendship Fiction / Family problems Fiction [CIP] 87-7980

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