Is Everyone Moonburned but Me?

Is Everyone Moonburned but Me?

by Stella Pevsner
     
 

Stuck between a glamorous, self-involved older sister and a spoiled, delicate younger sister, Hannah never seems to get the attention she deserves. Her mom is busy with her job and her boyfriend, and she depends on Hannah to be dependable. When Hannah decides she'll try living with her father, she finds he has a new girlfriend, and the girlfriend has an obnoxious

Overview

Stuck between a glamorous, self-involved older sister and a spoiled, delicate younger sister, Hannah never seems to get the attention she deserves. Her mom is busy with her job and her boyfriend, and she depends on Hannah to be dependable. When Hannah decides she'll try living with her father, she finds he has a new girlfriend, and the girlfriend has an obnoxious son with whom Hannah is expected to be friendly. Hannah suspects she's the only one in her mixed-up family who isn't moonburned—floating somewhere in outer space—and she wonders how important she really is to a family that barely seems to notice her. In this humorous but thoughtful story, filled with contemporary, realistically drawn characters, Hannah must find a way to express her own personality and define her role in her ever-changing family.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is sure to be popular with Pevsner's fans as well as 'middle children'." Booklist, ALA

"Libraries looking for pleasant fiction with a positive message will want to add this title." School Library Journal

Children's Literature
The title of this book is the recurring question on thirteen-year-old Hannah's mind. Hannah is concerned that her two best friends, her two sisters, her prospective step-parents and step-brother, and even her own caring-but-often-distracted parents are all more eccentric�"spaced out"�and therefore, more interesting and lovable than herself. The middle child between an older, flighty, self-centered sister and a younger, spoiled, delicate sister, Hannah has always been the responsible, dependable person in her family and peer group. Now, as she and her family try to adjust to changes resulting from her divorced parents' relationships with new people, Hannah struggles to find and appreciate her own true self. Written in the first person from Hannah's point of view, this realistic family novel explores common, current social issues in a good-natured, believable way. 2000, Clarion Books, $15.00. Ages 10 to 14. Reviewer: Gisela Jernigan
KLIATT
Hannah, age 13, is the middle child in her family, in between selfish, pretty Melody ("Miss Queen Fifteen") and "cute and delicate" eight-year-old Paige. Everyone sees Hannah as the dependable one; she sees herself as the ordinary one, not in the least colorful or even interestingly loony ("moonburned"). Feeling unappreciated by her busy divorced mother, Hannah thinks about moving in with her father. Then she realizes that he has a complicated life of his own when she meets his new girlfriend and her obnoxious twelve-year-old son, Jesse. Hannah and Jesse end up on the school debating team together, and to her surprise Hannah shows a talent for debating. She also has a chance to demonstrate her skill at carpentry; and various family crises—Paige's severe asthma attack, Melody's car accident, her grandmother's stroke, her father's remarriage—help Hannah realize that her dependability is just part of what makes her special, and that others do appreciate her. Well-drawn characters and believable situations combine to make this story about self-acceptance a quick and enjoyable read. The family interactions and dialogues ring true, both the squabbling and the supportive moments, as do Hannah's mixed feelings about her parents' new romances. Hannah is an appealing protagonist, levelheaded and humorous, and female readers in particular will empathize with her ups and downs. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, Houghton Mifflin/Clarion, 202p, 99-36816, $15.00. Ages 13 to 15. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; KLLATT, July 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 4)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Hannah is stuck between her glamorous, self-absorbed older sister, Melody, and her younger, often sickly little sister Paige. The only one who doesn't cause her divorced mother any trouble, Hannah is the dependable, smart, and capable child. The problem is she doesn't realize that those very qualities are what make her special. Starting seventh grade is stressful, but even more so when she is thrown together with the obnoxious son of her father's new girlfriend. As she tries to make sense of the changing relationships of the adults close to her, she starts to think that everyone around her is "moonburned"-somewhere out in space and not connected to reality. While nothing really earth-shattering happens, there are a few tense moments when Melody is in a car accident and when Paige is rushed to the hospital with an asthma attack. The strength of the novel lies in showing how Hannah comes to realize her own worth and the important role she plays in her family. Secondary characters are competently drawn, and Pevsner sets the story in an "every town" that happens to be suburban Chicago. Libraries looking for pleasant fiction with a positive message will want to add this title.-Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395957707
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/01/1900
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.82(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Stella Pevsner is the author of many popular books for middle-grade readers, most recently IS EVERYONE MOONBURNED BUT ME? She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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