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My Mother Got Married (and Other Disasters)

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In this sequel to Don't Make Me Smile, Charlie Hickle's life has become a three-ring circus. Why did his mom have to get remarried anyway? He wants things back the way they used to be—right now!

Twelve-year-old Charles experiences many difficulties in adjusting to a new stepfather, stepsister, and stepbrother.

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Overview

In this sequel to Don't Make Me Smile, Charlie Hickle's life has become a three-ring circus. Why did his mom have to get remarried anyway? He wants things back the way they used to be—right now!

Twelve-year-old Charles experiences many difficulties in adjusting to a new stepfather, stepsister, and stepbrother.

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"At times both funny and touching, this sequel to Don't Make Me Smile paints a realistic picture of life in a blended family."—School Library Journal
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When his mother remarries, Charlie Hickle acquires an annoying teenage sister and bratty five-year-old brother; PW termed this sequel to Don't Make Me Smile ``refreshing . . . as hilarious as it is touching.'' Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- Stepfamilies, reflects 11-year-old Charles, mean ``stepping aside so that a man who's not your father can hold your mother's hand.'' Having divorced parents was bad enough, but then Charles' mother marries Ben, ``one of those nature guys. . .you see in commercials walking through the woods. . .eating acorns and wild berries.'' Ben's two children move in, and Charles has to share his bedroom with five-year-old Thomas. Charles' reflections on his new situation, told in perceptive contemporary language, are laced with humor and emotion. At times both funny and touching, this sequel to Don't Make Me Smile (Knopf, 1981) paints a realistic picture of life in a blended family. --Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394850597
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 2/13/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 274,884
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Park

BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Every bit as funny as her best-known character, Barbara once said, “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.”

Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Kid in the Red Jacket.

Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.

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    1. Hometown:
      Scottsdale, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 21, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Mt. Holly, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003

    this book is awesome!

    this is a great book i think 12 year olds all over the world should read this book i love the part when they find him in the broom closet they should make a movie based on it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Great

    Why did you write bit it sucks

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    Posted December 14, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Greatest book EVER

    I am so glad that barbra parks made this book i can relate to itso good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Please reply

    Can9 year olds read this?

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