ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS, by Sharon Creech
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Vocabulary Quiz Available
Audio Book Available in HS Library
I listened to this on my way to Sam Houston this weekend. It's the journal of Mary Lou Finney, a thirteen year old girl who lives in a small midwestern town. It's summer vacation, and her English teacher has given them the assignment to keep a summer journal. This is Mary Lou's...and she talks about all of her feelings...from being exasperated by her family, to developing her first crush, who becomes her first boyfriend. Then there's Carl Rey, her 17 year old cousin from West Virginia who comes to stay with Mary Lou's family for the summer and begins dating Mary Lou's 13 year old, boy crazy friend Beth Ann. I loved this book...and think middle school girls will enjoy it as well. Now I can't wait to read WALK TWO MOONS, which is in my library...and also features Mary Lou.