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Not that I care
Vail, Rachel.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
216 pages ; 14 x 15 cm.
As she waits to present the ten items that she has chosen for an assignment to represent who she is, seventh-grader Morgan Miller recalls the events in her life that led to her choices.
Reading Level:
900 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 4.0 54870.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.8 7 Quiz: 08488 Guided reading level: V.
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Tough but often misunderstood, Morgan Miller struggles to come to grips with the fact that her best friend just dumped her.

Author Notes

Rachel Vail, born on July 25, 1966 in Manhattan. She is an author of children's and young adult books. She grew up in New Rochelle, New York, and is a graduate of Georgetown University. Her debut novel Wonder won an Editor's Choice award from Booklist in 1991, and in 1992 her second novel, Do-Over, won that award also. She has authored several series which include Friendship Ring, Mama Rex and T, If We Kiss, and Avery Sisters Trilogy.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. Morgan Miller is in the same seventh-grade class as the girls in If You Only Knew and Please, Please, Please [BKL O 15 98], part of Vail's Friendship Ring series. Morgan's story is the best of the three. She is the one who does not get a friendship ring. The classroom project is to talk about 10 items that reveal who you are. As the other students do their presentations, Morgan remembers crucial episodes in her life: when she messed up her first kiss, when her dad left to find himself in California and failed to send the monthly checks, when her friend betrayed her. In her presentation, which is the climax of the story, she covers up and improvises: no way is she going to stand up there and reveal her intimate secrets. With complexity and humor, Vail treats serious issues of social class, privacy, friendship, and family in a quick-talking, immediate, sitcom mode that offers no formula happy ending. Only the small, square hardcover packaging seems patronizing for the audience. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Part of a series about four seventh graders, this book highlights Morgan Miller, who wants to curl up and sink through the floor rather than give a presentation in English class. For the assignment, she has gathered 10 items into a sack and now must explain why each one identifies who she is. While she waits her turn, she thinks about the significance of each object, recalling the events they represent. Readers find out that her father left her family to pursue an acting career, why she had to stop taking ballet, and how her friendship with CJ began. Just that morning, Morgan had a falling out with CJ and now she feels isolated; all she has left is her brother and her angry mother. Because she no longer knows who she is, the items no longer have any meaning. How can she survive the sack project? Alternating between the present and past, Vail successfully captures the intense, minute-to-minute insecurities of middle-school life. Her gritty, terse prose and complex characters keep readers engrossed. The questions of what makes a friend, why some families seem more perfect than others, and how to be true to yourself make for an appealing story line. Readers will cry with the protagonist and sympathize with her problems. Fans of Judy Blume's Just as Long as We're Together (1987) and Here's to You, Rachel Robinson (1993, both Orchard) will enjoy Morgan's view of her world.-Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.