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Title:
What a trip, Amber Brown
Author:
Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2001.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Amber Brown and her parents go to the Poconos for two weeks with Amber's best friend, Justin, and his family.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
250 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 51936.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 2 Quiz: 24299 Guided reading level: L.
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ISBN:
9780399234699
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Book

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Amber Brown is expecting the best vacation ever! Her family is going to the Poconos with her best friend, Justin Daniels, and his family. Amber can't wait to explore the tree house, cool off in the pool, and maybe even sleep out in a tent. Justin and Amber are best friends, but will they get along the whole time?


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)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

The feisty series inaugurated in Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon is not just for middle graders any more - with these two volumes, Danziger and Ross introduce their winning heroine to beginning readers as well. Making Amber younger and showing the Brown family before divorce, Danziger simplifies her prose style without reducing her energy. She keeps several story lines moving, and she invigorates them with her characteristic love of puns and her kid-targeted sense of humor. In Justin Time, for example, which opens on the eve of Amber's birthday, she agitates for a watch ("I, Amber Brown, am one very excited six-year, 364-day-old kid"); she also tries to come to terms with her best friend's perpetual tardiness (the friend is Justin Daniels, who moves away in Crayon). In Trip, the Browns and the Daniels vacation together in the Poconos, during the course of which Justin hurts Amber's feelings, a business phone call during a dad-supervised outdoor sleepover annoys Amber, and Justin's left-out little brother finds a way to be included. The emotions are real and recognizable, and Amber's first-person narration makes even obvious jokes seem spontaneous (such as a riff on Poconos/"poke a nose"). Ross brings extra verve to his contributions. In Justin Time, for example, as Amber tells her stuffed-toy gorilla about the gift she wants, Ross shows her drawing a watch onto the gorilla's wrist. In aiming for a younger audience, Danziger and Ross have kept their standards just as high. Ages 5-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This feisty character is back in a series written for younger readers. Soon-to-be second-grader Amber Brown and Justin Daniels are headed for a vacation in the "Poke a nose" with their families. Together they run around the yard, find a tree house, see a deer, and have all kinds of fun-until Justin teases Amber about her fear of water and relentlessly splashes her in the pool. Amber's anger doesn't last long though, and soon she and Justin are best friends again, camping out with their dads, telling ghost stories around the fire, and eating hot-dog kebabs. Readers will adore the irrepressible Amber and appreciate her love/hate relationship with Justin. Even fans of Danziger's original series will pick this title up for a quick and easy read, and will gain insight into Amber and Justin's friendship. The author's ability to capture the essence of childhood and deliver it without condescension is unparalleled, and Ross has brought the young Amber to life in the familiar style used in the original series.-Holly Belli, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, West Caldwell, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.