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Third-grader Abigail Iris describes herself as "a person who believes every second of the story counts"; this is good news for readers, who will enjoy her spirited narration. Part of an affectionate blended family beset by budget constraints, Abigail Iris envies the privileges enjoyed by her three best friends, none of whom have siblings. When Abigail Iris accompanies Genevieve on a trip to San Francisco, however, she gets a coveted taste of life on the other side. Glatt and Greenberg are spot-on in their observations, and although the story ends predictably, with Abigail Iris gaining a more balanced view of her situation, the message is softly delivered. B&w illus. Ages 7-10. (Mar.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.