Scholastic Presents A Remarkably Moving Debut Novel
From Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Dar Williams
Written by Dar Williams
With her sweet voice and exquisitely sculpted lyrics, Dar Williams has carved a unique space within the music world. With Amalee (Scholastic Press; May 2004; $16.95; Ages 9 and up) she brings her exceptional story-telling ability and creativity to a brand new medium. A remarkably moving novel of friendship, hardship, and the power of coming together, this story marks the debut of a talented new voice in children’s literature.
Amalee's world is all out of order. She's use to chaos, because of the frequent presence of her father's bantering, bickering group of fun friends. But now her life has become full of uncertainties; school isn’t what it used to be, and she has begun questioning her relationship with her friends. However, when Amalee's dad becomes seriously ill, the chaos takes on a new form, and the ways of coping come from some very unexpected places.
As Amalee’s life changes, she realizes the only way to control the chaos is to learn to hold on to what is concrete and real—love. With clear-eyed, tender, funny prose, Dar Williams gives us a child's eye view of a world under pressure, with everyone rising to the occasion in his or her own unique way. Both moving and wise, Amalee is an unforgettable story from an unforgettable storyteller.
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