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Forever Amber Brown

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by Paula Danziger, Tony Ross (Illustrator)

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Just when Amber Brown thinks everything is settling down, life changes again. She's finally used to fourth grade, her new best friend is really terrific, and her school pictures even look good enough to send to her dad in Paris. Just when Amber is used to Max being her mom's boyfriend, he asks her to marry him. The way Amber's life keeps changing, will she be able to


Just when Amber Brown thinks everything is settling down, life changes again. She's finally used to fourth grade, her new best friend is really terrific, and her school pictures even look good enough to send to her dad in Paris. Just when Amber is used to Max being her mom's boyfriend, he asks her to marry him. The way Amber's life keeps changing, will she be able to remain forever Amber Brown?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Amber is upset when her mother's boyfriend proposes marriage and her best friend moves to another town. On top of everything, it's time for school pictures and Amber always hates hers. Ages 7-10. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Picking up where the last story ended, Amber's Mom is in a dilemma. Max has proposed and she isn't sure that she is ready to pack up and move. Amber isn't too sure either. They head off to Alabama to see Justin and his family, so they can talk things over. Will Justin and Amber still get along, will Mom marry Max. It isn't decided until the very end. Young girls in the third and fourth grade will understand, laugh with and sympathize with Amber Brown.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In previous books in this popular series, Amber has seen her parents divorce and her father and best friend, Justin Daniels, move far away. Now she is firmly established in the fourth grade with a new best friend and a growing fondness for her mom's boyfriend, Max. Just for a while, Amber would like nothing more to change so that she can concentrate on the business of growing up. Then Max throws them all into a tizzy by asking her mother to marry him. Suddenly, they make an unplanned trip to Alabama to see the Daniels family so that Amber's mom can think things through. There, Justin helps Amber realize that change is a part of living. Through all the chaos, irrepressible Amber, buoyed by her loving relationship with her mother as well as her lively imagination and wonderful sense of humor, develops a growing understanding of herself and the people around her. Danziger's characterizations ring true. Her light handling of a difficult subject faced by so many youngsters will once again find a ready audience. In addition, readers ready to venture beyond beginning chapter books will find the undemanding format welcoming. The simple sentence structure, large print, and pen-and-ink sketches make it possible for them to relax and enjoy as Amber gradually realizes that no matter what changes occur she will remain Forever Amber Brown.-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Amber Brown Series
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Product dimensions:
5.28(w) x 7.67(h) x 0.66(d)
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

Read an Excerpt

Life is very strange sometimes.

One minute I'm in Elementary Extension, waiting for my mother to pick me up and take me home...home to dinner...home to homework.

And the next minute, I'm on a plane on my way to Alabama where I'm going to see my old best friend, Justin Daniels.

I can't believe that the woman sitting next to me is my very own mother.

She looks like my mother.

She sounds like my mother.

I wonder if all mothers get this weird when someone asks them to marry him.

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.

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Forever Amber Brown 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is amber mills and i love to read amber brown booksalot too
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WhitneyKay More than 1 year ago
Forever Amber Brown by Paula Danziger is an exciting tale about a fourth grader, Amber Brown. Amber has to deal with some difficult situations that are hard for a young girl, especially an only child. Not only does Amber have to deal with her parents¿ divorce, but also her best friend, Justin, has moved away to Alabama. Amber Brown lives with her mother in New Jersey. Amber never gets to see her father because of his recent move to Paris. This story is great for children because it shows how Amber gets through the hard times with laughter and growing closer to her mother. Her mother meets a man named Max. At first, Amber is hesitant about getting close to Max, in spite of her love for her father. Soon, Amber realizes that Max is good for her mother and starts to like him. Poor Amber then has to deal with another dilemma when Max asks her mother to marry him. This would be fine, but they might have to move. Her mother has a difficult decision to make and Amber helps her. It is a book that brings comedy to serious, not so fun, situations. This book is great for children that have to deal with divorce and change.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I chose is Forever Amber Brown by Paula Danziger. The book is a realistic fiction because it could really happen. The main character of the story is Amber Brown. Amber is in fourth grade and she lives in New Jersey. She's an only child and her parents are divorced. She has two best friends one lives in New Jersey and her name is Brandi and her other friend is Justin who has moved to Alabama. Amber is confused about how to feel aboutt Max, her Mom's new boyfriend, because she likes him but she loves her dad more. She misses her dad and doesn't get to see him often because he lives in Paris. The book is also about Amber's relationship with her mom. They love and like each other. They like to tease each other and play games together like friends would. They can talk to each other about different things like Mom and Max's relationship. She is able to tell her mom how she feels, and her mom was understanding. They both really felt safe about talking about their feelings. I liked this book because Amber is going through a phase and trying to deal with a problem. She is sad over her parent's divorce and is trying to work that out but she is happy about Mom and Max. I also liked that Amber is not boring. She is curious about what is going on and she does some pretty silly things. This is a book that girls from third grade to six grade would enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the story, Amber went bowling with mom and mom¿s boyfriend and when she gets the class picture she was worried to give a picture to Max. Amber and her mom went to Alabama because her mom was going to decide if she will marry Max or not. Amber¿s mom decided to marry Max. Amber said to make a family. I like the book because I like the adventures of Amber Brown. For example, I thought that it was silly when Justin¿s brother thought Amber was saying, ¿P, P.¿ He thought she meant when you go to the bathroom. Amber meant ¿P¿ for pain. Another reason I like it is when Amber¿s friend forgot to zip his pants for the class picture. It was funny because when the teacher gave the picture to the class they could see his underwear. Next, it was silly when Amber, Mom, and Max went bowing but Amber always got a gutter ball. Amber could never knock the pins down like Max. These are the adventures of Amber Brown. I like it very much and you should read the book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book Amber Brown had a lot of changes in her life, but one big change was Mom will marry Max. The book was incredible! The funniest part in this book was when Amber Brown said, ¿P¿ and Danny said, ¿I already went.¿ Amber Brown really meant pain. The reason why this is a funny part to me is because Danny said, ¿I already went.¿ Amber Brown didn¿t mean going to the bathroom. Another funny part was when Brenda was cooking meatloaf with hard-boiled eggs for Amber and Brenda forgot to peel the eggshells. The reason why it is funny is because it is disgusting and the egg should be peeled. I hope you enjoy the book, Forever, Amber Brown.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about Ambers school pictures...Are they going to come out nice,and is she going to give her family and friends?What about the rest of her pictures?Maybe they will come out good or bad.Who knows.In the story Ambers also deals with her mom getting married to Max.Amber likes Max because he's nice,and helpful to her.When will they get married?If you read the book u will find out!!!
nlenkiewicz More than 1 year ago
I am forever looking for books that will help my girls gently deal with divorce and my dating again. I loved the way this book touched on it repeatedly but then went back to the story. It was just enough for my girls to think about it. I have bought two more Amber Brown books so we can continue to read about it and talk about it.