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Amber Brown is green with envy
Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2003]

Physical Description:
151 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Fourth-grader Amber Brown must make some important decisions when her mother and Max move their wedding date up and prepare to buy a house together, while her father makes some bad choices of his own.
Reading Level:
600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.1 3.0 73777.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.4 6 Quiz: 34175 Guided reading level: N.
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Having her parents live in the same town isn't working out as well as Amber had hoped. Since she's staying at her dad's over Christmas vacation, she doesn't get to go to Disneyland with her mom and aunt Pam. When her mom gets back, she tells Amber that she and Max are getting married soon and are going to look for a new house-maybe even in a new town! And then, when Amber is meant to see a movie with her dad, he goes out on a date instead.

Some kids have parents who are still together. Some kids don't ever have to move. Some kids seem to have no problems-making Amber Brown green with envy.

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. 2-4. From the popular series that began with Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon0 (1994), this accessible chapter book finds Amber in some distress as her divorced parents struggle to make new lives for themselves. On their weekend "together," Amber's father breaks a promise to take her to a movie, leaves her with a sitter, and goes out with a woman he met that day in the grocery store. Meanwhile, Amber's mother and her intended husband, Max, shop for a house, but not necessarily in the same town or near the same school that Amber has always known. Worse still, Amber's dad is furious with her mom and Max, and the feeling is mutual. The first-person narrative is fresh, articulate, and occasionally funny, though Danziger delivers more than light entertainment here. Readers will feel Amber's pain as she confronts each parent and her surprise when she finds comfort in the most unlikely place--the principal's office. Ross contributes lively, expressive ink drawings that help lighten this truthful but hopeful portrait of Amber's family in transition. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Paula Danziger's unsinkable heroine is put to the test in Amber Brown Is Green with Envy, illus. by Tony Ross, when Amber's dad spends time with his dates instead of her, and Mom and Max step up the wedding plans and consider moving to a new town. Danziger probes universal issues with her characteristic compassion and humor. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Fourth-grade Amber Brown is back, and she thinks that nothing in her life is fair, from her mom and aunt going to Disneyland without her to the many changes she must face within her family. Her mother and Max are planning their upcoming wedding, their new life together, and maybe even a future baby together and a new house, and Amber doesn't like it one bit. She's also angry at her father because he has a date. Then she must make a difficult decision when her mom and Max let her help choose between a new home with a swimming pool in a different town and a new, but "boring" house in a nearby neighborhood. Ross's black-and-white drawings show Amber's humorous facial expressions and her daily life. This upbeat and funny first-person narrative will keep readers hooked, even while Amber deals with the emotions that many kids her age experience. This title will be enjoyed by early chapter-book readers whether familiar with Amber or not.-Michele Shaw, Yorkshire Academy, Houston, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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