Madame Squidley and Beanie

Alice Mead

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The story of a girl whose mother has a chronic illness

Beanie's mom used to be a lot of fun. She still is, when she pretends to be the amazing fortune-teller, Madame Squidley. But Beanie knows it's a strain. Mrs. Kingsley has been sick for months, and doctors can't say exactly what's wrong. They don't seem to take the illness very seriously, though. Beanie does. She worries about her mom, and wonders what will happen to her and Jerm, her little brother, if their mother doesn't get well. Beanie's friend Charles Sprague has a problem, too -- scoliosis, and divorced parents who fight about it. Beanie begins to long for a new mother and a whole new set of friends. Then she discovers that she already has the best family, and the best friend, and that there's plenty she can do to help them.

This is perhaps the most personal story written by Alice Mead, herself a mother with a chronic illness.

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Madame Squidley and Beanie
1"OKAY, GUYS. HAVE A GOOD TIME," NORA Kingsley said. "And remember, I'll be at the doctor's, so Charles's mom will pick you up right here by the entrance at four. If I'm running much later than I expect, I'll call the house around four-thirty.""Yeah, Mom, we know," Jerm said. Jerm was six, and his real name was Jeremiah Kingsley.He and Charles Sprague were already climbing out of the car. Like Beanie, Charles was ten, and he lived directly across the street from the Kingsleys in the small town of Weymouth, Maine. His hair was blond and spiky and his face round, and

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"The family dynamics ring true...[an] insightful portrait of a girl and her family adjusting to a worrisome illness." -- Booklist

"Mead has done her usual good job of creating realistic characters who worry about then solve real problems. Fans of Junebug will enjoy Beanie." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Mead realistically shows how peer pressure prods Beanie...This slice-of-life novel depicts kids whose problems are unusual but not insurmountable." -- School Library Journal

"Mead offers an insightful and realistic portrait of a young girl emotionally conflicted over her deep love for her mother and her desire for her to be someone different...many readers will see their own thought patterns replicated in Beanie's obsessing over things she can't control, and thus Beanie's epiphany may help guide them toward their own."
- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Alice Mead

Alice Mead is the author of Year of No Rain, Girl of Kosovo, Soldier Mom, Adem's Cross, and three novels about Junebug. According to Booklist, she "writes of important subjects with tenderness, humanity, and realism." She lives in Maine.

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Madame Squidley and Beanie
Alice Mead

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429936675
ISBN10: 1429936673
Middle-Grade Fiction144 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$7.99

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Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
May 2004
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374346881
ISBN10: 0374346887
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 144 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
$16.00
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