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The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods

1998 Story Books
Ages: 8 - 12 yrs.
Author: Ann Cameron
ISBN: 0-374-36702-7
Hardcover Price: $16.00
When Amanda's best friend, Lyle, moves away, Amanda is convinced that life is going to slide downhill. However, they share a magical moment before he leaves when they press their right hands together and "swap" hands. This "new" hand frequently gives her much needed hope and courage.

Set in rural Wisconsin, this story of an eleven -year -old who lives with a difficult mother, a self-absorbed older sister, a beloved but distant father, never hits a false note. Privy to Amanda’s innermost thoughts, the reader empathizes completely with this appealing protagonist. Amanda grows and changes despite - or perhaps because of -spending most of her time coping with trying circumstances ... like the rest of us.

Kemie Nix   ©1998 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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