My Mother Got Married (and Other Disasters)

My Mother Got Married (and Other Disasters)

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by Barbara Park
     
 

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Charlie Hingle's life has become a three-ring circus. Why did his mom have to get remarried anyway? Now there are way too many people in one house. First there's his new stepfather, the nature guy. Then there's his five-year-old stepbrother, Thomas the Pest, who's Charlie's new roommate. Worst of all, Charlie has to deal with his stepsister, Lydia the phone-hog. His…  See more details below

Overview

Charlie Hingle's life has become a three-ring circus. Why did his mom have to get remarried anyway? Now there are way too many people in one house. First there's his new stepfather, the nature guy. Then there's his five-year-old stepbrother, Thomas the Pest, who's Charlie's new roommate. Worst of all, Charlie has to deal with his stepsister, Lydia the phone-hog. His mom assures him that things will work out eventually. But Charlie isn't interested in eventually. He wants things back the way they used to be — right now!

Editorial Reviews

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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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394921495
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
05/01/1989
Pages:
128
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

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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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Scottsdale, Arizona
Date of Birth:
April 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Mt. Holly, New Jersey
Education:
B.S., University of Alabama, 1969
Website:
http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/junieb

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