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Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face

Paul Acampora

Roaring Brook Press

Zachary's mom just up and disappeared from their home in Copper Lake, Colorado. The good news is that Zachary and his dad are trying to move on, and Falls, Connecticut is just the place for a fresh start. With the help of a new friend, Rachel, and her brother Teddy, Zachary is learning about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting.
Zachary's mom just up and disappeared from their home in Copper Lake, Colorado. The good news is that Zachary and his dad are trying to move on, and Falls, Connecticut is just the place for a fresh start. With the help of a new friend, Rachel, and her brother Teddy, Zachary is learning about new beginnings, the power of forgiveness, and the quirky people that make life interesting.

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CHAPTER 1
 
 
FOR SEVERAL DAYS, AFTER DAD AND I discovered that Mom had gone, we tried very hard to lie. We pretended that she would be coming back even though we both knew better. Dad said things like, “We should paint the kitchen before Mom gets home.” I said, “Don’t forget to pick up some tea for Mom at the grocery store.”
But we couldn’t keep it up for long. We never did paint the kitchen. We never did buy the tea. And one night, when Dad put a bowl of spaghetti on the table between us, I said, “Mom wouldn’t like this.”
Dad
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Praise for Rachel Spinelli Punched Me in the Face

"What distinguishes this story is Acampora’s light touch with a weighty subject – this is a very funny book..." --ReadKiddoRead.com
 
“Fans of small-town color and happy endings will take heart in this ultimately hopeful tale.” --BCCB
 
"Quirky characters, small-town hominess, and frequent touches of humor create a Joan Bauer feel with cross-gender appeal.” -SLJ
 
“An outstanding, humane coming-of-age tale of loss, yearning and forgiveness.” -Kirkus Reviews

"Acampora's light touch with weighty issues makes for a highly appealing read--readers will want to spend more time with these well-crafted and complex characters." -Publishers Weekly
"What distinguishes this story is Acampora’s light touch with a weighty subject – this is a very funny book..." --ReadKiddoRead.com
 
“Fans of small-town color and happy endings will take heart in this ultimately hopeful tale.” --BCCB
 
"Quirky characters, small-town hominess, and frequent touches of humor create a Joan Bauer feel with cross-gender appeal.” -SLJ
 
“An outstanding, humane coming-of-age tale of loss, yearning and forgiveness.” -Kirkus Reviews

"Acampora's light touch with weighty issues makes for a highly appealing read--readers will want to spend more time with these well-crafted and complex characters." -Publishers Weekly

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Read the Kirkus Review of RACHEL SPINELLI PUNCHED ME IN THE FACE . New friends ease a young teen's adjustment to his mother's sudden absence.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Paul Acampora

  • Paul Acampora is an avid reader, an enthusiastic dad, and a ferocious fan of being human. His first novel Defining Dulcie received starred review from Publisher's Weekly, School Library Journal and Booklist, and was a School Library Journal Best Books of 2006 and a VOYA Top Ten. Paul lives in Allentown, PA with his wife and two kids. Visit him at www.paulacampora.com
  • Paul Acampora
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