Trauma Queen

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Every tween girl knows what it's like to have a mom who can be a little embarrasing at times. But for Marigold, it goes way beyond embarrassing. Marigold's single mom is a performance artist, meaning she stages dramatic, wacky performances to express her personal beliefs. Things like wrapping herself in saran wrap for a piece on plastic surgery, or inviting people over in the middle of the night to videotape her sleeping. In fact, Marigold's mom's performances caused such a ruckus in their last town that the two ...

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Overview

Every tween girl knows what it's like to have a mom who can be a little embarrasing at times. But for Marigold, it goes way beyond embarrassing. Marigold's single mom is a performance artist, meaning she stages dramatic, wacky performances to express her personal beliefs. Things like wrapping herself in saran wrap for a piece on plastic surgery, or inviting people over in the middle of the night to videotape her sleeping. In fact, Marigold's mom's performances caused such a ruckus in their last town that the two of them, along with Marigold's little sister, have just had to move. Now Marigold's starting a new school, missing her best friend like crazy, and trying to fit in all over again in the shadow of a mom who's famous for all the wrong reasons. As if that's not bad enough, Marigold's mom takes on a new job—teaching drama at Marigold's school! Now all the kids know instantly just how weird her mom is, and Marigold's worried she'll never be able to have a friendship that can survive her mother.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Funny, quirky and touching, with characters that leap off the page and into your heart. TRAUMA QUEEN gives us a mother-daughter relationship that will make you laugh, groan and cheer. Barbara Dee has mastered the knack of letting her characters be true to themselves and shine."
—Julia DeVillers

"TRAUMA QUEEN made me giggle, cringe and cheer! With a main character you can root for, humor that will make you laugh out loud, poignant drama that tugs at your heart, and performance art galore, this story perfectly captures middle school family and friend dynamics. Bravo!"

—Erin Dionne

"Totally funny, refreshingly realistic look on a crazy middle school life.Trauma Queen by Barbara Dee is an easy read, filled with humor and relatable scenarios. Be sure to pick up a copy to discover how Marigold’s crazy story unfolds."

Girls Life Magazine

Marigold's mom is a performance artist, and she tends to stir things up everywhere they go. Marigold is determined that this time, she'll keep a low profile at her new school. she might actually succeed, too, but then her mom decides to teach...at her new school. What mayhem will her mom cause this tme? A laugh-out-loud look at family and friendship.
Jan Fields, Discovery Girls Magazine April/May 2011

"Marigold experiences the shifting allegiances and infighting among her classmates but in the end makes friends and comes to appreciate her over-the-top mother, with help from her wise and supportive grandmother. Often funny, the story also shows how looking at people in a new light can change one’s opinion of them."

School Library Journal

"Terrific . . .smart and very funny"
—Nell Minow

School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Showing up for the first day at Crampton Middle School dressed for Pajama Day is only a bad thing if Pajama Day happened a month earlier. Marigold, who makes quite an impression in her monkey-print pajamas, is loathe to admit that she could have read the school's documentation, preferring to blame her performance-artist mother. Becca's art has been the cause of many problems and confrontations, including a very public performance about the mother of Marigold's best friend, which forced them to move. Her well-meaning but intrusive mother continues to embarrass her, particularly when she starts an improv club at school and several eighth graders sign up for it. Marigold experiences the shifting allegiances and infighting among her classmates but in the end makes friends and comes to appreciate her over-the-top mother, with help from her wise and supportive grandmother. Often funny, the story also shows how looking at people in a new light can change one's opinion of them.—Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Alberta, Canada
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Showing up for the first day at Crampton Middle School dressed for Pajama Day is only a bad thing if Pajama Day happened a month earlier. Marigold, who makes quite an impression in her monkey-print pajamas, is loathe to admit that she could have read the school's documentation, preferring to blame her performance-artist mother. Becca's art has been the cause of many problems and confrontations, including a very public performance about the mother of Marigold's best friend, which forced them to move. Her well-meaning but intrusive mother continues to embarrass her, particularly when she starts an improv club at school and several eighth graders sign up for it. Marigold experiences the shifting allegiances and infighting among her classmates but in the end makes friends and comes to appreciate her over-the-top mother, with help from her wise and supportive grandmother. Often funny, the story also shows how looking at people in a new light can change one's opinion of them.—Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Alberta, Canada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442409231
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Edition description: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 348,815
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Dee is the author of the tween novels Just Another Day in my Insanely Real Life, Solving Zoe (2010 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year), This Is Me From Now On, and Trauma Queen. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York. You can visit her on the web at BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

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Sleepwalking

I am standing outside homeroom in yellow flannel monkey pajamas.

Everyone else is dressed normally: jeans, track pants, sweaters, whatever.

Apparently because today, Monday, February 23, is not Pajama Day at Crampton Middle School. Also apparently I am the only one who is celebrating Pajama Day, because I am the only one whose mother told her it was Pajama Day. After using the New Student Information Packet to line a dog crate for this one-eared beagle she’s babysitting.

“Hey, Marigold,” some girl across the hall is calling. “That’s your name, right? Um, no offense, but why are you in your pj’s?”

I don’t answer. That’s because my ears are burning and my eyebrows are sweating. It’s hard to say something casual and jokey like whoops, silly me with sweaty eyebrows. I dig my thumbnails into my palms, but I’m not waking up.

Now this buzz-cut–headed eighth-grade boy is starting to laugh. And point. “Yo, New Girl. Yeah, you. Did you forget something? Like getting dressed?

That’s it; I’m done. I escape from homeroom. My poofy blue bedroom slippers skid on the waxy floor. “Excuse me, no running,” some office lady calls out from down the hallway. Which is when I start to run, seeing a mob of giggling girls turning the corner and coming toward me.

I bang open the door to the girls’ room and hide myself in a stall. Then I yank my cell phone out of my backpack and speed-dial Mom.

It rings five times. Six times means I’ll get her voice mail, which means she’ll never get my message, because she doesn’t ever check her voice mail. Pick up, I pray. Pick up, pickuppickuppickup.

“Hello?” she finally shouts. “Marigold?”

Then a truck honks. Right in my ear.

“Mom?” I say.

“Oh, sweetheart, what’s wrong? Are you okay?”

“No.” I wipe my sweaty face on my flannel arm. “I’m wearing pajamas.”

“I know. Those cute monkey ones.”

“Because you said it was Pajama Day.”

“Right, it is. I read it in the packet.”

“Except it isn’t.”

“It’s not Pajama Day? Are you sure? The first day of—what do they call it? Spirit Week?” I can hear dogs barking now. She must be downtown with her Morning Walkers.

“No, it’s not,” I say loudly. “I’m the only one in the entire school wearing pj’s. I look like a total dork.”

“I’m sure you don’t, baby.”

“I’m sure I do. I’m coming home.”

“Oh, Mari. You can’t.”

“Why not?”

“Because you just got there five minutes ago.”

That’s so illogical I can’t even argue. “Okay, then can you please bring me some other clothes?”

“Yes, of course.” She shouts this over yapping and arfing dogs. “But you’re going to have to wait a few minutes.”

“How come?”

“Because I’m not home. I’m at least a mile away, with three of my Walkers. And I’m supposed to pick up two new greyhounds by eight o’clock.”

“But this is a major emergency.” I check my watch: three minutes until homeroom. “Can’t the greyhounds wait?”

“Oh, come on now, Mari,” she says in a voice meant to be soothing. Except you can’t soothe when you’re shouting; it kind of spoils the effect. “So you’re wearing pajamas. Have fun with it; improvise. Pretend you’re sleepwalking.”

“What?”

“See where it takes you. Think of it as a costume.”

“I don’t wear costumes.”

“Oh, sure you do, baby. We all do. Every single day.”

“Mom,” I say. “Can we please not have a big philosophical discussion about this?”

“Sorry.” A truck honks. “Well, look at it this way. At least you’ll be comfortable.”

That’s when the door to the girls’ room creaks open. I can hear the sound of heels on the floor tiles, and then the sharp click of someone locking another stall door. “Just listen to me, okay?” I whisper desperately into my cell. “I won’t be comfortable. I’ll be the opposite of comfortable. I’ll be traumatized for the entire rest of mylife. Just please, please bring me different clothes. Please. I’m begging you.”

She processes. A dog arfs. Finally she says, “All right, I’ll be there in a few minutes. BEEZER, SIT. I’m not fooling, buddy. SIT. Good dog.”

“Mom? MOM?”

“Just try to hang in there, Mari, okay? First I need to get the greyhounds.”

The line goes dead, as if everything’s settled. Whatever; at least I got through to her. Mom usually does better in person, but even then, normal back-and-forth conversations are definitely not her strong point.

I leave my stall and check myself out in the mirror. Great. My cheeks are flushed, my eyes look huge and freaked-out, and my wavy brown hair is damp and limp.

Plus, of course, there’s the jammie issue. Can’t forget that.

I drown my face in freezing water, then crank out some paper towel. The other bathroom user shuffles her feet. Which, I suddenly notice, are in pointy-toe black leather boots. Scary boots. Get-out-of-my-face boots.

I cram the paper towel into the trash can. “Well, bye,” I call out, so that at least Pointy Boots knows that I realize she’s an earwitness.

“See you, Marigold,” Pointy Boots answers in a quiet, amused sort of voice.

© 2011 Barbara Dee

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Hi

    This was an amazung book. It was funny but serious too. Loved it

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2012

    Best Book Ever (kid review)

    Trauma Queen is a book about a girl named Marigold that had to move to a new city and school while moving away from her very good friend Emma. Marigold meets new friends and maybe enemies. A normal book right? Well not really. Marigold’s mom is an acting teacher at her school and things can get a little out of hand and crazy. For example, the mom pours canola oil all over herself and drinks it. How gross is that! They also don’t get along very well too. They get in fights all the time and even once, the mom, Becca Bailey, told Marigold that it was pajama day. But hears the thing, it wasn’t. She wore pajamas and everyone laughed at her. She was probably thinking, what a great way to start her new school. Conclusion, they don’t always get along, but they always love each other. My opinion of the book, was that it was a sweet and hilarious book and everyone will love it. At least I hope.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Omg you are so funny !!

    The person who wrote the i shall read it review you r soooooo funny you must b class clown well any way very good book :) smiley face

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Best book ever!

    I've read a ton of books, but this was one of my absoulte favorites! Very entertaining, love it!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    A laugh out loud look at family and friendship!

    My review:Marigold's mom is a preformance artist,and she tends to stir things up everywhere they go.Marigold is determined that this time she will keep a low profile at her new school.She might actually succeed too,but then her mom decides to teach....at her school!What mayhem will her mom cause this time?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Rght

    Good book, not the best book ive ever read, but its a good book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Good book!

    Its a great book

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    The best book ever

    A must read

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Reviewed by Monica Sheffo for TeensReadToo

    Attending three schools in four years isn't easy, so try adding a performance artist mother into the mix. For Marigold, this nightmare is her reality as she begins 7th grade at Samuel J. Crompton Middle School. Her new school seems to be filled with one disaster after another, like wearing pj's to school on the very first day. Things go from bad to worse when her mother decides to teach an improv class at her school. Can Marigold and her friendships survive her mother? Find out in TRAUMA QUEEN! Barbara Dee presents readers with a fun and fluffy novel that proves how true the statement "you can't pick your family" is. Using likeable characters and mortifying, embarrassing circumstances, this novel will resonate with middle school girls and their mothers alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2011

    What a great read!

    Author Barbara Dee's newest has a great plot, characters I came to care about, and lots and lots of laughs. If you're already a Barbara Dee fan, as I am, you'll want to read Trauma Queen right away. If you haven't read any of her novels yet, you can start right here by ordering Trauma Queen. Once you're a fan -- and I know you will be -- you can read the rest! They're all terrific!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Micaela

    I love this book sooooo much. I read it ober and over when i get the chance.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Funny book for moms abd daughters

    This book is the perfect lol book =]=]=]=]=] <3

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    OMG

    Omg!!! I. Love? This Book. It is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Hi

    Sounds really good! How long is it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Omg

    Omg. You dont get the title! Wow.... trauma means horrifing things and instead of it saying drama queen (do you know what that means?) It says trauma queen meaning bad thing always happen to her. Shes the qyeen of trauma. This is an amazing book. Get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Such a!!!!!!!!!

    Such a tantram queen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    I shall read it three

    Dear person who started i shall read it your so funny lol lmho i will now read the sample

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    I shall read it

    I still shall read it

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