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Elizabeth and Tara*Starr are best friends living in totally different parts of the country. They used to write letters to each other, but now they're both addicted to e-mail. Now they can share their problems instantly . . . and lately they've needed to do that a lot. Responsible, shy Elizabeth is getting used to her parents' separation and the way her family ...

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Overview

An acclaimed sequel from two of the best-selling children's book authors of all time -- now with an exciting new cover!

Elizabeth and Tara*Starr are best friends living in totally different parts of the country. They used to write letters to each other, but now they're both addicted to e-mail. Now they can share their problems instantly . . . and lately they've needed to do that a lot. Responsible, shy Elizabeth is getting used to her parents' separation and the way her family is spinning out of control. Loud, melodramatic Tara*Starr is dealing with some serious sister issues, as well as the growing differences between her and Elizabeth.
Will the distance tear their friendship apart forever?

Now that they live in different cities, thirteen-year-old Tara and Elizabeth use email to "talk" about everything that is occuring in their lives and to try to maintain their closeness as they face big changes.

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Editorial Reviews

Paula Danziger
Composed entirely of fictional email messages between two 13 year old girls, Snail Mail No More is as fresh as an instant message and just as readable. Young readers will definitely want to add these girlfriends to their buddy lists.
USA Today
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The two characters in this sequel to P.S. Longer Letter Later enter the 21st century with differently, but share one important trait: they are all heart," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Using the e-mail correspondence of two girls, popular children's writers Paula Danziger (The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, The Bat in Bunk Five) and Ann M. Martin (The Baby-Sitters Club Series) let us in on the lives of Tara and Elizabeth and their families. Eighth grader Tara has moved to Ohio and begins to correspond by 'snail mail' (begun in their first book, P. S. Longer Letter Later) with her best friend since childhood, left-behind Elizabeth. As in the first book, we learn that bubbly Tara likes people and drama while introspective Elizabeth writes poetry and serves as editor for a school magazine. Tara, as a typical seventh grader, gets herself grounded periodically as a result of the mistakes she makes in her "growing up" process. Whereas, Elizabeth, the wiser friend, condemns Tara's reckless behavior, while simultaneously dealing with her own problem — an alcoholic father. Funny and serious, this easy-to-read book addresses many of the problems that confront teeangers today - babsitting, boyfriends, dating, drinking, and even, death. Although marred by a slow beginning, the story does achieve its own fun pace as the characters of these two girls are well revealed through the e-mails they send and the feelings they express. Genre: Teen Issues, Alcoholism. 2000, Scholastic Press, 344 pp., $16.95. Ages 8 up. Reviewer: Connie Russell; Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Snail Mail No More (Scholastic, 2000) continues the story of Tara*Starr and Elizabeth, best friends in P.S. Longer Letter Later (July 1999, p. 54). The girls were separated as the result of a move at the beginning of the seventh grade. The story is told through the girls' e-mail correspondence. The lives of Tara*Starr and Elizabeth are as different as their personalities, and they deal with problems in contrasting manners. Flashy, outgoing Tara must deal with the birth of a new sister as well as typical teen problems such as drinking and driving. Quiet, conservative Elizabeth must cope with her absent father's drinking, his death, and her feelings about him. The story deals realistically with death and grieving. Their friendship is supportive, and faces the obstacles of distance, new friends, and teen emotions. Elizabeth's poetry enriches the story, as it reflects her feelings. Co-authors Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin wrote this story as actual e-mail messages between them. Their reading is clear and effective, and by tone of voice and inflection are able to reflect some of the visuals in the book. Students will identify with the two teenagers and the struggles of friendship.-Ann Elders, Mark Twain Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439063364
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Award-winning and beloved author, Paula Danziger died on the afternoon of July 8, 2004 at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City after complications from a heart attack at age 59. Danziger is best known as the author of The Amber Brown series and the modern classic, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. Set to celebrate its 30th anniversary this fall, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit quickly established Danziger as one of America's most popular authors for young adults.

Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, BELLE TEAL, the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE, HERE TODAY, A DOG'S LIFE, and ON CHRISTMAS EVE, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, LONGER LETTER LATER and SNAIL MAIL NO MORE with Paula Danziger, and THE DOLL PEOPLE and THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD, written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick. She lives in upstate New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2004

    Worlds best book!

    I loved this book. I hated reading at first but when I picked up this book I couldn't put it down. It was so interesting how two very best friends can be so different and so alike. But still make time in-between their own problems to help each other with their own. This is a very good book and I would recommend any one of all ages to read. It is one of those books that has times where you can cry, laugh, and even make your heart feel warm! So, stop reading this review already and read the darn book! [[[Hope you enjoy it!!!!]]]

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    Great Book!

    This book was really terrific. It lead me back to when I was that age and going through some tough times. I really liked the first one so I couldn't wait until the sequel came out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Mostly Recommended to teenage girls

    -Courtney Dziadosz

    Elizabeth and Tara*Starr are the two main characters in the book and take on many difficult challenges. The story contains with lots of first love, school humor, and both the joy and the pain of making new friends. However, the book also in counters important issues of divorce and alcohol problems. My thoughts to this book were shocked at how the two girls dealt with all these obstacles thrown at them. Also how they maintained to keep in touch over e-mail when they lived thousands of miles away from each other. I connected a lot to this book because it was mostly what an average teenager would go though in life. At times i felt really bad for these two girls in the book because they really had rough family issues to face. It left me wondering how strong of a bond can someone have over just e-mailing each other? Also how much time out of their day it took to go on the computer everyday just to remember to e-mail each other back?

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  • Posted April 21, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    P.S. Longer Letter Later.

    This book is great! I read it, and I didn't put it down for one second. It's fun, humorous, tragic, and suspensful. One of the best books I've read. I recommend to EVERYONE whi's looking for a good book.

    I also recommend "Snail Mail No More", the sequel to this very good book! I've read this also, just as good as "P.S. Longer Letter Later."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!

    This book, along with P.s Longer letter later, was on my school reading list for going into 7th grade. Both were amazing and i found myself unable to put it down. This book shows what a true friendship is and anyone can relate to it!I woud definatly reccomend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2008

    Amazing life changer.

    WOW! That is all that I can say about this incredible life changing book! I could never put it down, it was glued to my eyes. After two mounths from finishing, I picked it up again! Now, it has been four mounths and I'm reading it again! I recomend it to everyone! You can never be to old, or two young to read this book. Boy or girl, young or old, this book is outstanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2007

    awesome awsome awsome!

    i loved this fascinating book its full of ecitement i recomend u read this it is so awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2007

    the best

    omg! i really am more into mystery books book my school has a reading group tht i dont really wanna be in but i am and i picked this book! it was so great! its a novel its perfect! i couldnt belive it! i really felt like i wuz in the book! it really is the bst!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

    It really shows thier relationship. It shows how when you have a good friend it does not matter where you live. It is a must read book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    FAVORITE BOOK EVER!

    This is the most amazing book EVER!!! I would recomend this book to anyone!!! I love it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    rated five stars!!!

    his book shows true friendship and how friends really should act towards each other.no matter what and who goes tara and elizabeths way,they face them together.and no mat1ter what happens they would always have each others back

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    Entertaining!

    Ok, i bought this book because of the cover, and thought about technology, 'it must be interesting!', but then when i read it, it started to get really good and then i finished it in the same day because i was so on the book! I recommend it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2006

    Worst Book ever

    I thought this was the worst book. I couldn't get past the 30th page. Finally on my 4 time trying to read it, I forced my self. I took me 2 months. It usually takes me 2 days to read really great books like, Invisible by Pete Hautman, and Crank,, by Ellen Hopkins. I do not recomed this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    TOTALLY GREAT!

    Totally loved this book. Finished it in 2 nights. A couple boring parts but just keep reading and you will be glad you did. ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2005

    YA!!

    looks like danziger hath done it AGAIN! this book was increadibly AWSOME!if i could, i would rate this book 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 starz!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    OMG BEST BOOK EVER!!!

    this is the best book I have ever read! I read P.S. Longer Letter Later AND Snal Mail No more in 3 days!!! I LOVED IT AND DEFINATLE READ IT IF YOU GET THE CHANCE!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2004

    Best Book I've Read Yet

    This book is the best book I've read yet because it tells a story about two best friends Tara and Elizabeth who are separated by a move and write each other letters and they finally got a computer and the mail goes so much faster. Their relationship is tested when they get new friends and have parties that the other can't attend because of the distantce between them. They will be best friends forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    Keeping in Touch

    Date:January 22, 9:12:01p.m From:TSTARR Subj:Horrible Horrible News To:Elizabeth Dear Elizabeth, It's so hard to believe. I don't know what to say. I love you. I'm sorry something bad happened. I just can't believe your father is..... Elizabeths life was the best life you could have.Mom was great, Dad and sister too. She had a big house,great friends,and had nice holidays with her family.Elizabeths best friend Tara* moved away. But get this, Tara* didn't hane a life like Elizabeth did.She had just the opposite. And i mean the opposite. But when Tara* moved away,everything changed between the girls and their families.But I can''t reveal the ending. You must read the bookto find out how their lives changed forever. My personal opinion is i love the book Snail Mail no More.And could hardly put the book down.For instance,Elizabeths Dad has a lot of problems,which come up in the story quite often.Most of his problems were really bad.He was not easy to live with and was not a nice person.This is one of the reasons I never wanted to put the book down.THe only thing I didn't like was there was to much detail to keep up with. I would rate this book 9 1/2. Kimberley Boyd,6th Grade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2004

    ~*J *~ i would rate it a lot more if i could!!!!!!!!!

    This book is GREAT!!!!! i've read it like a zillion times!!!!! This is a book that you can't put down. It is about two girls, shy Elizabeth and out-goiong Tara*(Starr.) They are great friends, like sisters. But hardships come along. Will they make it through? ~READ THIS BOOK~ But first you have to read P.S Lnger Letter Later cause this is the sequel. Enough of this, go read the book!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2003

    Wonderful

    once i started to read the book, I couldn't stop. it was a great book and they did a wonderful job.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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