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Title:
United Tates of America
Author:
Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004.
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Publication Information:
Syracuse, NY : Full Cast Audio, [2002]

℗2002
Physical Description:
3 audio discs (3 hr., 10 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Eleven-year-old aspiring artist Skate experiences many changes in her life when she enters middle school. She finds her best friend drifing away from her, and she loses her beloved great uncle.
General Note:
Compact discs.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Ages 8 to adult.
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ISBN:
9781932076035
UPC:
9781932076035
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Audiobook on CD

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Skate Tate has a good life. She has close friends, a loving family, and her beloved Great Uncle Mort (GUM for short) who lives every day as if it were an adventure. Skate would like things to stay just the way they are. But life doesnt work that way. For one thing, Skate has to figure out the strange new world of Biddle Middle, where eighth graders rule the roost, old friendships start to change, and a lowly sixth-grader has to struggle to make a place for herself. But other, more painful changes, are also in store for the Tates, and the story of how this close knit family responds to sudden tragedy will move and delight listeners everywhere. Told with her trademark wit and wisdom, filled with big laughs and unexpected tears, Paula Danzigers newest novel is one of her finest achievements.


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 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Eleven-year-old Sarah Kate «Skate» Tate is having difficulty adjusting to sixth grade at a new school in New Jersey. Still, she has her favorite activity, «scrapbooking,» and her favorite person, Great Uncle Mort (GUM), who provides unconditional love and support. Then GUM unexpectedly dies, leaving Skate devastated at first, then comforted by a legacy of joyful memories. Danziger characteristically blends droll wit and insight in an engaging, compassionate story of adapting to change. GUM is a great character, likely to win kids' hearts, and Skate is a likable, sympathetic protagonist whose journal-like narrative entertains as it explores issues kids will easily relate to--school, friendship, and family relationships. Skate's enthusiastic scrapbooking tips, and the 32-page color insert (black-and-white in the galley) meant to be Skate's scrapbook (it's a photo melange of real people and places) may inspire kids' creativity. A balance of humor, heart, and art. Shelle Rosenfeld.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Young scrapbook artists, in particular, will take delight in this book's unique artwork, which could come straight out of any middle-schooler's collection of memorabilia. The pictures (collages of photos, stickers, cut-outs and humorous captions) synchronize perfectly with Danziger's (the Amber Brown books) sparkling narrative. Both effectively capture some significant moments in Sarah Kate ("Skate") Tate's sixth-grade year. At first, the 11-year-old narrator has mixed feelings about middle school. She struggles to get her locker open and hates having to take industrial arts ("Industrial arts sounds like factories are turning art out and selling it in art shows in local hotels"). She grows apart from her best-friend-and-cousin, Susie, but Skate also makes some new acquaintances, like Huey, Duey and Louie, the "D.D.T." (the "Donald Duck Trio"), who ride her bus (and "quack"), and cute Garth Garrison, who shares her passion for art. These minor changes pale in comparison to the loss of Skate's favorite uncle, a world traveler, who dies suddenly. However, his adventurous spirit is kept alive in the form of his last wish, a unique legacy. As always, the author is right on target, encapsulating the fluctuating emotions, intensified passions, quirky humor and secret dreams of preadolescent girls. The book, climaxing with a family trip to Plymouth, Mass., advocates trying new activities and making new friends, pertinent encouragement for "tweens," who may be intimidated about starting middle school. Skate's sample scrapbook pages may well inspire those who already indulge and attract budding "scrappys" to the cause. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Doyle's fans won't be disappointed with this book about a seventh grader with "the soul of a poet" and a deep interest in geology who, along with her neighbors, experiences the changes that take place when technology comes to her rural community. The time is 1926, and a building project to dam the Gatineau River near Mary Ann Alice's Canadian town brings jobs and money to the residents and the threat of unpredictable environmental damage. The novel focuses on a small town rich with interesting characters (and interesting names) and the struggles of locals when it comes to dealing with outside influences. The integration of historical material is effective. Narrated by the bluntly spoken protagonist, the book has a fast-paced plot that comes alive with memorable characters. As with Doyle's You Can Pick Me up in Peggy's Cove (Groundwood, 1991) and Easy Avenue (Douglas & McIntyre, 1996), readers will come away with a powerful message about what's important in life. This is a good dose of Canadiana with a generous mixture of humor and expressive language.-Robyn Ryan Vandenbroek, Elgin Court Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Skate Tate has a good life. She has close friends, a loving family, and her beloved Great Uncle Mort (GUM for short) who lives every day as if it were an adventure.Skate would like things to stay just the way they are.But life doesn't work that way. For one thing, Skate has to figure out the strange new world of Biddle Middle, where eighth graders rule the roost, old friendships start to change, and a lowly sixth-grader has to struggle to make a place for herself. But other, more painful changes, are also in store for the Tates, and the story of how this close knit family responds to sudden tragedy will move and delight listeners everywhere.Told with her trademark wit and wisdom, filled with big laughs and unexpected tears, Paula Danziger's newest novel is one of her finest achievements. Excerpted from United Tates of America 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.