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Absolutely Normal Chaos

By Sharon Creech, Sharon Creech

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    "By turns sarcastic, tender, and irreverent, this will quickly make its way into the hands of readers who loved Walk Two Moons." Kirkus

    This beloved prequel to bestselling author Sharon Creech's Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons chronicles the life of a thirteen-year-old during her most chaotic and romantic summer ever via journal entries, filled with hilarious observations on love, death, and the confusing mechanics of holding hands.

    Mary Lou is less than excited about her assignment to keep a journal over the summer. Boring! Then cousin Carl Ray comes to stay with her family, and what starts out as the dull dog days of summer quickly turns into the wildest roller-coaster ride of all time.

    Named one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing!

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    Awards

    New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing"

    Product Details

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Imprint: HarperCollins

    Format: eBook

    On Sale: 10/06/2009

    ISBN: 9780061972430

    ISBN10: 0061972436

    Pages: 256

    Trimsize: x in

    Subcategory:

    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Adolescence

    JUVENILE FICTION / General

    JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General

    JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / New Experience

    Inspiration

    I’d been living overseas (England and Switzerland) for about ten years, and I was very much missing my family back in the States. I thought I’d write a story about normal family chaos, and that’s how this began, with me trying to remember what it was like growing up in my family. Writing the story was a way for me to feel as if my family were with me, right there in our little cottage in England.

    My family is a lot like the Finney family—noisy, wacky. The brothers in Absolutely Normal Chaos share my own brothers’ names (Dennis, Doug, and Tom), but the characters are fictional. And my older sister, Sandy, is definitely not like Mary Lou’s older sister (my own sister is much nicer and far more intelligent). We did have a cousin who came to live with us when I was Mary Lou’s age, and he was quite like the character Carl Ray is, but the things that happen to Carl Ray in this book did not happen to my real cousin.

    Tidbit

    Mary Lou gives her address in this book as 4059 Buxton Road—and that was my real address!

    house

    If you look closely, you can see the address