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In THE PRIVATE NOTEBOOK OF KATIE ROBERTS, AGE 11, Katie has a lot of life changes to write about: Her beloved father died in World War II when she was seven, and now, a mere four years later, Katie's mother is about to marry a man named Sam Gold. Even worse, she actually plans ...
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In THE PRIVATE NOTEBOOK OF KATIE ROBERTS, AGE 11, Katie has a lot of life changes to write about: Her beloved father died in World War II when she was seven, and now, a mere four years later, Katie's mother is about to marry a man named Sam Gold. Even worse, she actually plans to move her daughter our of their home in New York City — away from everyone and everything she knows — to live on a ranch in Texas. With perfect pitch for the fears and hopes of an eleven-year-old, Amy Hest has captured Katie's voice in the intimate form of a diary, complete with letters and drawings — an honest, heartwarming story that sings of a young girl's longing to fit into a new life without forgetting the old.
THE GREAT GREEN NOTEBOOK OF KATIE ROBERTS, AGE 12, takes Katie into what should be a wonderful year in seventh grade. After all, she has twin baby brothers and Lucie, the best friend ever. Too bad Mama doesn't understand that wearing lipstick is how you get invited to snobby Pamela's party. And too bad Miss Casey makes Katie tutor Rudy Pergolizzi, who wears funny pants and doesn't know how to play baseball or act crazy like other boys. With characteristic humor and spunk, Katie reveals a familiar world of confusing boys, no-nap babies, the pull and tug of being twelve — and having to face the inevitability of growing up.
I am sitting on my new bed in my new room in Texas. There’s a canopy, which I like. But I miss my old bed in my old room in New York City and . . . I WISH WE NEVER MOVED HERE 8 DAYS AGO. Why? Because I HATE living on a ranch in the middle of nowhere! It is hot here every minute and this house is too big. There are no neighbors nearby. No subways. Not a single tall building. I LIKE CITIES NOT WILDERNESS, AND I AM NO PIONEER!
Mama says new things take getting used to, but she is wrong. Because I will never get used to Texas and I want to go home now.
And one more thing. I don’t understand why SHE (my mother) has to get married all of a sudden. We were fine, just the two of us. Perfectly, wonderfully fine. Now everything is spoiled and it's not fair. Well at least I have new shoes for the wedding. Patent leather with a strap across. They look sensational and gorgeous with pink pajamas, which I am wearing right now. Presenting . . . Katie Roberts tap-dancing pajama queen! I like new shoes. And also pink pajamas.
THE PRIVATE NOTEBOOKS OF KATIE ROBERTS by Amy Hest. Copyright (c) 2005 by Amy Hest. Published by Candlewick Press, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Posted December 6, 2005