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Title:
I, Amber Brown
Author:
Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004.
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Publication Information:
New York : Putnam's Sons, 1999.
Physical Description:
140 pages ; illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
Because her divorced parents share joint custody of her, nine-year-old Amber suffers from lack of self-esteem and feels that she is a piece of jointly-owned property.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.7 2.0 32746.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 6 Quiz: 21166 Guided reading level: N.
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ISBN:
9780399231803
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Book

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Summary

Amber Brown loves the holidays. The shopping, the wrapping, the unwrapping. She isn't having any troubles with gifts, but life is another story. She's so happy when her dad has moved back to New Jersey, but her mom isn't. It means the beginning of shared custody, and that means more fighting. Amber feels as if half of her belongs to her mom and half belongs to her dad, and that doesn't feel good at all.Then her mom says she can't get her ears pierced, but her dad doesn't know that. Amber makes a decision. Something has to belong to her, so why shouldn't it be her ears?Full of the fun, humor, and punny dialogue Paul Danziger's famous for, this is a winning entry in the ever popular series.


Author Notes

Paula Danziger was born in Washington, D.C., on August 18, 1944.

She received her Master's Degree in reading and began her career as a teacher. She has taught at the junior high, high school, and college levels.

Danziger is best known for a series of children's books about Amber Brown, including Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon, You Can't Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown, and Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit. Each of these books deals with a "crisis" in the life of young Amber Brown, such as her progressing to fourth grade. Danziger's writing is often inspired by conversations with her niece, Carrie, who is the model for Amber Brown. Other books by Danziger include The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Remember Me to Harold Square, and Thames Doesn't Rhyme with James.

Danziger has become popular in Britain where she was nominated for the British Book Award for Children. She has also received several awards in America: the Parent's Choice Award, an International Reading Association-Children's Book Council Award, and an IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award. Danziger takes time out from writing to host a literary segment on a BBC children's show, called Live and Kicking.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. More than anything, nine-year-old Amber wants to have her ears pierced, but her mother is adamantly against it. Unfortunately, her father doesn't know this when he takes her to the mall, and her parents' new joint-custody arrangement suffers a major conflict. In addition to adjusting to a new living situation, Amber's friend Justin has moved away, and her mother is planning to remarry. Up to her usual tricks and more, Amber puzzles over the difficulties of loving two adults who no longer love each other: "There should be a rulebook for kids of divorced parents with every little thing listed that we have to remember." Full of Amber's puns and laugh-out-loud situational humor, this is also a deft handling of a very difficult yet common childhood dilemma. Amber's fans will laugh, squirm, and sympathize with Amber, and they'll be anxiously awaiting the next installment. --Linda Perkins


Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-That feisty, observant child is back. She now refers to herself as "I, Amber Brown" because she feels as though she's losing her identity because of all the recent changes in her life. Her mother and soon-to-be-stepfather, Max, are celebrating Hanukkah along with Christmas this year and anticipating their new life together. Her father has moved back to town from Paris and is getting an apartment nearby with a room for Amber. Seeking control over her life and her body, she tricks him into taking her to get her ears pierced. After the deed is done (Dad didn't know that Mom had forbidden it), her parents must work out a plan for dealing with other everyday issues that are bound to come up with joint custody. In the end, they are able to let Amber know that she is her own person, and that they both love her and are willing to try to do a better job together. The enormously popular heroine once again brings insightful verbalization to what life is like for kids today. Ross's black-and-white drawings are scattered throughout the short chapters. Readers who haven't read the earlier stories will enjoy this one, and then look for Amber's other escapades.-Sharon R. Pearce, Geronimo Public School, OK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

CHAPTER FOUR We just sit in Dad's car for awhile. I, Amber Brown, have to think about what I am going to do, what I'm going to tell my Dad. I am so angry at my mom right now. She won't let me get my ears pierced. She's so mean when my dad is around. She's not acting like the Mom I've always known. But if I say all of that to my dad, then he's going to act all proud that he's the best parent . . . and he does stuff too that drives me nuts. I take a deep breath. "I'm just upset because Brandi called, and she and Kelly are going to the mall to get their ears pierced and I couldn't go??" My dad interrupts. "Is that because you had to go with me?" All of a sudden, a light flashes inside my head. Well, not a light . . . . . an idea . . . . . and I'm not sure that this is a good idea . . . . but I, Amber Brown, am going to go for it. I, Amber Brown, am getting tired of the way that they are both acting. I'm tired of being in the middle?.and I want to do something for ME. I sniffle and nod. And then I sniffle again. "That's one of the reasons. But don't feel bad, Daddy, because I can get them pierced some time in the future." I don't mention that the time in the future, according to my mom, is two years away. My dad sits for a minute, thinking. "Honey, I don't want you to feel bad because we have plans and you can't do that with your friends." "It's okay." I say, "even though they are probably on their way to the mall right now, I don't feel bad . . . not that bad anyway." My dad turns the key in the ignition and says, "Well . . . you don't have to be upset, my wonderful daughter. I will take you to the mall . . . . and you can meet up with your friends and get your ears pierced." "Oh, Daddy." I pat him on his hand. "Thank you soooooo much. You are so wonderful . . . . the best dad in the entire world." "As your Aunt Pam says, wagons ho," my dad says, as he pulls the car out of the parking space. I, Amber Brown, wonder about that. Aunt Pam is my mom's sister, and now that my parents are divorced, is my dad supposed to be quoting my mom's sister, his ex-sister-in-law? I, Amber Brown, am also wondering about what I've done. . . . . I haven't actually lied to my dad . . . but I haven't told him the whole truth. . . . . . But I really, really want to get my ears pierced . . . . and he doesn't say no . . . . and I'm his daughter too . . . . so that means that I should be able to get at least one of my ears pierced . . . . and my mom should only get half as mad because with joint custody, they share me and they each think that they own me. . . . . So really I'll have only pierced one ear that she has custody of . . . "Vrrrrrrrrroooooooooooooooooom," my dad says as we drive. That's something he used to say when I was little. He turns his head to me and smiles. "Vrrrrrrrrooooooooooooooooooom," I say and then sing, "Off we go into the wild blue yonder." It's part of a song that my dad used to sing to me when I was little . . . . when he used to lift me up over his head and I'd pretend that I was an airplane. We both sing it together. It's something that is ours . . . . to remember and to do now. We finish singing. My dad asks, "When we get to the mall, where should I park? Where are you all going to get your ears pierced?" I bite my lip. I, Amber Brown, never found out where Brandi and Kelly are going. I close my eyes and try to figure out how to handle this. Maybe I should tell him the truth now. If I do, I'll probably be the only fourth-grade girl in the world who doesn't have pierced ears. If I don't, I'll have pierced ears and one angry mom . . . and probably one angry dad . . . . but in this case, one plus one equals two . . . . two pierced ears. I, Amber Brown, decide to go for it. "They're getting them done at Jamison's Jewelry Store . . . . but because they didn't think I could go, they may have already gotten them done. . . . If they're not there, do you think I should wait?" I hope that he says the word that I want to hear. Instead, as he parks the car, he says, "Amber, are they really getting their ears pierced?" "I promise," I say and wait for him to ask what Mom thinks. He doesn't ask. He nods. "Then you can get yours done. I trust you." Something tells me that I am going to feel really bad about what I am going to do, but I would feel worse if my ears don't get pierced. I, Amber Brown, am going to get my ears pierced. I'm very excited . . . . . and very nervous . . . and not just because my ears are going to get pierced. (Copyright ? 1999 by Paula Danziger. Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons. All rights reserved) Excerpted from I, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.