The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11

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Katie Roberts' life is about to change. Her widowed mother is getting remarried and is taking her away from New York City to a ranch in Texas--away from everything and everyone that she knows. Hest, author of the acclaimed novel Love You, Soldier that featured Katie at age seven, has written a new story in the intimate form of Katie's diary, letters and drawings that sings of a girl's longing to fit into a new life without forgetting the old.

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Overview

Katie Roberts' life is about to change. Her widowed mother is getting remarried and is taking her away from New York City to a ranch in Texas--away from everything and everyone that she knows. Hest, author of the acclaimed novel Love You, Soldier that featured Katie at age seven, has written a new story in the intimate form of Katie's diary, letters and drawings that sings of a girl's longing to fit into a new life without forgetting the old.

In a series of journal entries and letters to a pen pal, Katie relates her feelings about her father's death in World War II, her mother's remarriage, and the family's move from New York City to Texas.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dramatic changes are in store for New York native Katie Roberts introduced in Love You, Soldier when her war-widow mother marries Sam Gold in 1947. Before Katie and her mom move to Sam's ranch in Texas, Katie's elderly neighbor gives her a leather notebook; Hest's novel and Lamut's pictures are relayed as Katie's entries, doodles and pasted-in snapshots. An unusually exuberant narrator, Katie confides her anxieties about entering a new school ``I can see myself now, ALL ALONE, me and my egg sandwich...''; her triumphs she is editor of the class paper; her uneasiness at her mother's pregnancy ``I wanted to give her a big hug and ask her to read me a story the way she used to, but another part of me wanted to yell WHAT WOULD DADDY SAY?''; and her concerns about Sam's desire to adopt her. Keenly-and humorously-aware of the injustices that have been flung upon her, this fresh character will win readers as she surmounts hurdle after hurdle. Ages 8-11. May
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
This book is a sequel to Love You, Soldier. It picks up with Katie four years after her father's death in World War II. Katie's mom is remarrying and both of them will be moving from New York to Texas. Katie's diary sets out in no uncertain terms how she feels about this imposition on her life-as well as her feelings on all of life's other injustices. Alternately sweet, feisty, funny and wry, Katie's notes and the squiggled margin pictures portray with intelligence and humor the problems of growing up and adjusting to new realities.
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Gr 3-5-An intimate view of a preteen's internal life. Katie clearly voices the pains and concerns of most girls who are just coming to terms with the changes in their bodies and the shifting social world that maturity brings. The fact that she has never adjusted to her father's wartime death makes her mother's remarriage and their move from New York City to a Texas farm that much more difficult. For a parting gift, Katie's dear friend Mrs. Leitstein gives her a notebook that becomes her confidant. Through her diary entries and letters to Mrs. Leitstein from August, 1947 to April, 1948, Katie describes her reluctant participation in her new life, as well as the anger and jealousy she feels toward both her mother and stepfather. With the passage of time and many painful experiences, Katie's entries gradually change as she forms new relationships and matures enough to accept a place in her growing family including twin baby brothers. While the letters to Mrs. Leitstein repeat some of the diary entries, they provide a different perspective on Katie's life that is enlightening as well as amusingly poignant. Scattered throughout are Katie's humorous sketches and detailed illustrations simulating hazy photos. As the central and only well-defined character, Katie emerges as a bright, somewhat spoiled, and typically self-absorbed girl who begins to realize that thinking of others affects her own happiness. Though the format is somewhat cumbersome, this is nonetheless a lively coming-of-age story.-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564028594
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: 1 PBK ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    didn't really care for it

    We had read Love You, Daddy (originally Love You, Soldier), about Katie Roberts, a Jewish girl of New York City whose father is killed during World War II and found that it was excellent. Unfortunately, all the charm and poignancy of the first book are completely lost in this sequel, which tells Katie's feelings about her father's death, her mother's remarriage to Sam Gold, and the family's move from New York City to a ranch in Texas through a series of journal entries and letters to a pen pal. I do recognize that Katie has been through a lot of grief and trauma that I have never experienced and therefore cannot fully understand, but early in the book she comes across as a completely self-centered, hateful, spoiled brat.
    In the end, Katie finally does come around, but I would like to think that my parents raised me in such a way that if I were in such circumstances I would have behaved better, and I hope that I am raising my children so that if they ever face such a situation they would have a better attitude. There are a few euphemisms and some references to Katie's developing and looking "bumpy and strange." Her mama offers to start buying her lady's underwear, but she refuses and decides to sleep on her stomach to stop all this "development." This is probably not a good book for boys to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    rea life like story you can sink your teeth into!!!!!!!

    It is so cool! It was so realistic the first, second, and more times afterwards when I read it. it was so real. I couldn't belivie it! This girl had so many realistic characteristics that it made me see what some girls real life could be! I mean I don't have that kind of life, but I think some girls do have this kind of life. It makes me look at the specific details about what real life can be like! Go Katie Roberts!!!!!! Try to make a second book.It can totally go on!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2006

    Katie Roberts Rules

    'I wish we had never moved here.' This is a story of a girl trying to adjust to her new world without forgetting the old. Katie Roberts and her mom moved from New York to a small rural town in Texas in 1947. There is nothing she likes about Texas, she hates the cows, the dust and the weather. Katie's mom is going to remarry a man named Sam Gold. Katie dosn't like Sam and just wants to go back to New York. But when Moma finds out she's going to have a baby everything changes. I loved this book by Amy Hest. It is a funny, heartfelt book about the importance of family. Katie's life unfolds before you when you read her journal entries and letters to Mrs. Leitstein, her old neighbor. It is a fast-paced book for younger readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Please Read THis Reveiw!

    This is the bery best book! It is about Katie Roberts.She writes in a notbook that her pen pall gave her.It is a very pretty looking journal(i want one just like it!!!!) GEt this book!!!! It's about friends,boys,diarys and much more!

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