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The cat ate my gymsuit
Danziger, Paula, 1944-2004.
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Publication Information:
Syracuse, New York : Full Cast Audio, [2004]

Physical Description:
3 audio discs (2 hr., 46 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:

Compact discs.

Music by Todd Hobin.
Format :
Audiobook on CD


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A beloved author's story of a misunderstood teenager who stands up for what she believes is as powerful today as whenit was when first published more than thirty years ago.

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. 5-7. Thirteen-year-old Mary feels fat and unattractive until an understanding teacher helps her gain self-confidence.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Misunderstood, overweight, and convinced that she'll never get a date, Marcy Lewis wants nothing more than to be "normal." Her admiration and defense of Ms. Finney, an outspoken English teachers with the courage of her convictions, provides a way for Marcy to reexamine what's imporant to her and to stand up for what she believes. First published in 1974, Paula Danziger's compassionate and accurate portrayal of a young girl struggling to find her own voice rings as true today as it did 30 years ago. A full cast brings this modern American classic of teenage angst t life with humor and pathos. In an afterword, Danziger explains how she came to write this novel.-Cindy Lombardo, Tuscarawas County Public Library, New Philadelphia, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Marcy Lewis has a lot to deal with--a clinging mother, an angry father, a lousy school situation, and the inescapable fact that she is fat. But when Ms. Barbara Finney arrives to take over Marcy's English class (the kids drove the previous teacher out) suddenly nothing in Marcy's life will ever be the same. Ms. Finney is bright, funny, creative--and, as far as the principal is concerned, more trouble than she is worth.What is a good teacher worth? How far will Marcy and her friends go to help Ms. Finney? And, what price will they pay for their beliefs?Funny yet painfully real The Cat Ate My Gymsuit turns on a cultural clash that is as relevant today as when it was written. A modern American classic, this beloved novel springs to vivid new life in this brilliant full-cast recording.SPECIAL FEATURE: An afterword from Paula Danziger herself, telling how she came to Write The Cat Ate My Gymsuit Excerpted from The Cat Ate My Gymsuit 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.