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Children's LiteratureTrudy White's middle school career is not going particularly well. Her best friend has dumped her, her math grades stink, and everyone at school, including her teacher, thinks her parents are her grandparents because they are so old. Trudy's math teacher tells her that she is in danger of being put into a lower math class if she can't pull her grades up. Luckily, Trudy is befriended by Roshanda, nicknamed "Tower" because she is so tall. Roshanda is a math whiz and, in the course of tutoring Trudy, the two become fast friends. While things at school improve, Trudy's home life is changing. Her father, who is more than 70, begins to exhibit troubling signs of forgetfulness and is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In a very short period of time, life changes dramatically for Trudy. Instead of being cared for by her father, she is the one who helps her mother care for him. By portraying Trudy's relationship with her aging and ill father, author Jessica Lee Anderson offers a tender and interesting twist on the traditional awkward-middle-school experience, and introduces middle readers to the concepts of aging and mortality in a sensitive and thoughtful way. 2005, Milkweed Editions, Ages 9 up.