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Water Balloon
ISBN: 9780544275010
Author: Vernick, Audrey
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: May 2014
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: With her best friends pulling away from her, her newly-separated parents deciding she should spend the summer at her father's new home, and a babysitting job she does not want, Marley is overwhelmed...and then a cute boy enters the picture.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Parents
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Baseball & Softball
Library of Congress Subjects:
Fathers and daughters; Fiction.
Babysitters; Fiction.
Best friends; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2014018342
Lexile Measure: 630
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" L x 1.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Social Issues, Middle School
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): iv>
Audrey Vernick is the author of the picture books Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, She Loved Baseball, and the forthcoming Brothers at Bat. She has published short stories for adults and twice received the New Jersey State Council of the Arts' fiction fellowship. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit her at www.audreyvernick.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Thirteen-year-old Marley is having a terrible summer: her parents have separated; her longtime best friends have abandoned her; and she must spend her mornings watching five-year-old twins. Predictably, Marley makes new friends (including her adorable neighbor, Jack), wins over the twins, and comes to terms with the changes to her family. Standard middle-grade fare, but Marley is a sympathetic character.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 October)

Gr 4–7—Seventh-graders Jane, Leah, and Marley have been best friends forever, riding bikes, playing their own version of Monopoly, and enjoying their annual water-balloon blitz. Then Marley's father moves out, and everything changes. She has to spend the summer with him in his new place where nothing is familiar. Jane and Leah are going to theater camp and are inseparable, and Marley's dad has gotten her a job babysitting twins. When Jane invites Marley to her pool party (complete with high school boys), Marley decides that this is the perfect time for the blitz, but she quickly realizes that she has made a mistake. Jane and Leah have outgrown Monopoly, the water balloons, and her. Luckily, there is Jack, the boy who just might make the summer memorable for Marley. The book moves along at a pace that will keep tweens interested, and the dialogue among the characters feels real. Marley's relationships with her friends and family are complex, and even the most reluctant readers will relate to her and the choices that she makes. Put this book on your "must-have" list. It won't stay on the shelves long.—Tammy DiBartolo, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA

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