By Dar Williams

ISBN-10: 054531111X

ISBN-13: 9780545311113

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Gr. 5-8. "In many ways, I'd grown up with 5 parents," says 11-year-old Amalee, who spends each Friday night along with her unmarried dad and his 4 "big, goofy friends" from collage. Amalee has struggled to navigate a middle-school social scene that's ruled through suggest women, and whilst her father contracts a life-threatening disorder, she unearths her insecurities ballooning uncontrolled. It's her father's family members of associates who carry every thing jointly and support Amalee detect her personal energy, forgive the imperfections in herself and her kin, and shape actual friendships. Williams, top often called a singer and songwriter, writes a poignant, humorous debut jam-packed with thoroughly endearing characters. Amalee's attractive first-person voice sounds a section too clever in areas, yet Williams writes a couple of preteen's emotional lifestyles with piercing honesty, fairly the paralyzing worry a parent's sickness brings and the pain and guilt of blunders. Readers can be charmed by way of Williams' eccentric, lovely characters and her sharp observations in regards to the global of either middle-schoolers and adults. -Gillian Engberg

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38 printed gift boxes pencil 2. Trace around a page of your scrapbook on light cardboard. Cut the traced shape out of the cardboard to use as a pattern for cutting out page covers. 3. Cut the paper to the size of the scrapbook page. Glue the paper over the page to create a new background color. 4. Be creative in the way you cut the paper. Try tracing the page shape on acetate with the pen to make a clear pattern to use for cutting paper at odd angles. The clear pattern will allow you to see exactly what part of the picture you will be cutting out.

Cover the outside of the notebook by wrapping a piece of felt or colored paper around the entire notebook and gluing it in place. Be sure to trim the felt or paper to fit with the notebook closed, not open, as additional fabric is needed to cover the spiral binder when the notebook is closed. Let the notebook dry in the closed position. 3. To use the trim from an old hat, carefully remove the flowers and the veil, too, if it has one, and glue all or part of the decorations to the cover of the covered scrapbook journal.

Cut strips of construction paper as tall as the box and as long as the paper will allow. You will need enough strips to make at least ten sections in your scrapbook when the strips are attached and folded back and forth like a fan. 34 old gift wrap 4. 5. Use the cellophane tape to attach the strips of paper together to make one long strip. Fold one end of the paper strip so that it exactly fits in the bottom of the box. 6. Continue folding the strip back and forth like a fan so that all the sections are the same size and fit in the box.

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