Title: Sarah Simpson’s Rules for Living
Age range: ages 9-12 ; grades 4-6
Genre: realistic fiction ; family problems ; diary
Sarah receives a blank journal for Christmas and decides to keep a diary. Sarah is a list keeper – covering everything from Things I Do Not Like about Kim (her dad’s new girlfriend) to When Lying is Justified. The journal takes us through a year in Sarah’s life during which she adjusts to living without her dad who is now living in Los Angeles with Kim, a blonde tennis instructor who “looks like Barbie.” Back in Vermont, Sarah also deals with her mother’s “good friend,” Jonah, and his 5-year-old son, George. Add typical 6th grade angst and a school play to the mix and no wonder Sarah needs a few “rules for living.” But Sarah is wise beyond her years – and not immune to making a few wisecracks and strong comments in her journal. This slim volume covers a lot of ground over the course of the year.
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