Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon

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Amber Brown and Justin Daniels are best friends. They've known each other for practically forever, sit next to each other in class, help each other with homework, and always stick up for each other. Justin never says things like, "Amber Brown is not a crayon." Amber never says, "Justin Time." They're a great team—until disaster strikes. Justin has to move away, and now the best friends are fighting. Will they be able to work it out before it's too late?

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Overview

Amber Brown and Justin Daniels are best friends. They've known each other for practically forever, sit next to each other in class, help each other with homework, and always stick up for each other. Justin never says things like, "Amber Brown is not a crayon." Amber never says, "Justin Time." They're a great team—until disaster strikes. Justin has to move away, and now the best friends are fighting. Will they be able to work it out before it's too late?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Third-grade Amber confronts difficult emotions when her best friend moves away; in a starred review, PW said, ``Once again, Danziger demonstrates her ability to connect with her audience.'' Ages 7-10. (July)
Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
Amber and Justin are best friends until Justin has to move to a distant state. Typical third grade problems are discussed in an easy to read format. This is a chapter book with lots of conversation. Normal feelings and problems are discussed and solved in realistic ways. The black and white cartoon-like illustrations, while few in number, help to illustrate key situations. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-She may not be a crayon, but Amber Brown is certainly blue over the fact that her best friend, Justin Daniels, is moving away. What's making it even harder is that he won't talk to her about how he feels and she can only assume he's not as broken up about it as she is. Then, while cleaning his room for the move, Justin throws away the chewing-gum ball they've been building for a year and a half. It's the last straw and the pair are no longer speaking at all. Finally, Amber's mother helps her understand that Justin's reticence is his way of protecting himself against his sadness and anxiety over leaving, and Amber makes the move that reconciles the two pals. There's lots of fun along with the pathos here; third graders, true to form, call each other outrageous names and gross each other out good-naturedly, and their teacher, Mr. Cohen, is a paragon of creativity and understanding. Ross's black-and-white sketches throughout add humor and keep the pages turning swiftly. Danzinger reaches out to a younger audience in this funny, touching slice of third-grade life, told in the voice of a feisty, lovable heroine.-Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142406199
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/7/2006
  • Series: Amber Brown Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 60,559
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?

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.
Tony Ross lives in London, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2000

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    this book was the best!!! it was funny too! read it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2000

    Excellent book for all ages!

    I recommend this book to children of all ages, especially those in elementary school. This book is about a girl who gets in a fight with her best friend, which happens often in real life. How they resolve it can help people to resolve their own problems with their friends.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    this ones great... highly recommended..

    this ones great... highly recommended..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    amber

    hiiiii!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Amber Brown

    I loved reading it! At school I loved free time! I kept on reading a book!Actually One time i got in big trouble!I kept on reading when free time wwas done.I just finished school.Iwas in 3rd grade.Going to 4th grade.So I know other little kids will like it!I have two words to the author,"Great writing"and four words to the illatrater"Try using More Color!!!!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    The most Outstanding book in the Universe!!!!!!!!!!

    Amber Brown was the Greatest and most Exciting book ever

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