"My name is Aviva, not Amoeba!" shouts Aviva at her teasing classmates. Aviva is determined to change her name until she discovers where her name comes from and why her parents chose that special name for her.
About the Author
Lesléa Newman is the author of more than sixty books for readers of all ages. Her awards include an American Library Association Honor and a Sydney Taylor Honor. She lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Ag Jatkowska was born in Gdansk, Poland. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk with an MA in Graphic Design and Illustration. She lives in Bath, England.
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My Name is Aviva
By Lesléa Newman, Ag Jatkowska
Kar-Ben PublishingCopyright © 2015 Lesléa Newman
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My name is Aviva, but the other kids never call me that.
"Bye, Amoeba!" Danny yells, as he runs past me in the schoolyard to meet his dad.
"My name is Aviva, not Amoeba!" I shout, but Danny just runs on.
Then Josette, who is French, skips by. "Au revoir, Viva La France!" she calls.
"My name is not Viva La France! My name is Aviva," I scream, but Josette is already gone.
I climb the monkey bars and hang upside down ignoring everybody.
Finally Mommy and Lulu arrive. "Ready to go, Aviva?" Mommy asks.
I don't answer.
"Aviva?" Mommy taps my shoulder, and Lulu sniffs my knee.
I don't move.
"Aviva, let's go."
"My name isn't Aviva," I tell Mommy. "My name is Emily."
"Emily? I'm sorry. I thought you were my daughter. Come, Lulu, let's go find Aviva." Mommy turns away.
"Wait, Mommy." I jump off the swing. "I am your daughter. But I've changed my name to Emily."
"Well then let's go, Emily," Mommy says.
"Mommy," I say as we crunch through autumn leaves. "Can I ask you something?"
"You just did," Mommy answers. She always says that.
"Can I ask you something else?"
"You just did," Mommy says again.
"Mommy, this is serious!" I kick a pile of leaves and send them flying. "Mommy, why did you and Daddy name me Aviva?"
Before Mommy answers, the big clock on Main Street chimes three times. "Is it three o'clock already?" she asks. "We have to hurry if we're going to make chicken soup for supper."
The minute we get home, Mommy fills a big pot with water and hands me some carrots to wash. "Do you know who taught me to make soup, Emily?"
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