FAMILY KARATE by Kathryn Ewing


Age Range: 10 - 12
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 A fluffy tale about a teenager who learns that a little understanding goes a long way. When Jennifer's letter complaining about her family wars is printed in Totally Teens magazine, she decides to follow the advice-columnist's suggestion to put herself in other people's shoes. Results are immediate: a few considerate acts later, her four brothers and sisters are getting along famously; even her parents cut their latest fight short. But Jennifer herself has ups and downs--floating on air when classmate Brandon skates with her at the rink, in the dumps when he invites another to the eighth-grade dance. Ewing's chatty, first-person text is printed in large, well-leaded type punctuated with CAPITAL LETTERS, exclamation points, and a few realistic b&w line drawings by Judith Hunt. In a conclusion only the most passive readers will fail to anticipate, Jennifer spurns the efforts of friends, and even teacher Sister Kristie Anne, to get her a date, and then on the night of the dance runs into another classmate who announces that he's been trying to ask her for some time. All's well.... The title is the heaviest part of this easy-reading floater. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 1992
ISBN: 1-56397-117-8
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 1992


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