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Skate Tate has a good life. She has close friends, a loving family, and her beloved Great Uncle Mort (GUM for short) who lives every day as if it were an adventure. Skate would like things to stay just the way they are. But life doesn't work that way. For one thing, Skate has to figure out the strange new world of Biddle Middle, where eighth graders rule the roost, old friendships start to change, and a lowly sixth-grader has to struggle to make a place for herself. But other, more painful changes, are also in store for the Tates, and the story of how this close knit family responds to sudden tragedy will move and delight listeners everywhere. Told with her trademark wit and wisdom, filled with big laughs and unexpected tears, Paula Danziger's newest novel is one of her finest achievements.

Outline Review
Sarah Kate Tate, otherwise known as Skate Tate, has mixed feelings about middle school. Her best friend, Susie, seems to be undergoing a sea change, causing her to hang around with a girl named Kiki ("I think that Kiki is a silly name. It sounds like a choking sound, Kiki."), dye her hair blue, and lose interest in The Happy Scrappys, the scrapbook-making club they've been in since third grade. Fortunately, Skate's favorite person in the world, GUM (Great Uncle Mort), is always helping her remember not to be afraid of what's "around the corner." But when tragedy strikes, how can Skate find the courage to go on, let alone see what's around the corner?

Paula Danziger (Snail Mail No More, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, the Amber Brown series, etc.) has her finger directly on the pulse of sixth-grade life in this authentic novel about the very normal, bubbly Skate. Her scrapbook insert could be out of any middle-school girl's world, with happy faces, goofy photos, silly captions, and mementos from vacation spots. Readers will probably want to go out and start "cropping" their own scrapbook right away! (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter

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Item Specifications...

Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.7" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   Full Cast Audio
ISBN  1933322020  
ISBN13  9781933322025  

Availability  0 units.

More About Paula Danziger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Beginning her career as a teacher, Danziger taught at the junior high, high school, college levels. She received her Masters Degree in reading and during that time she wrote her first bestselling novel, The Cat Ate My Gymsuit. She returned to teaching, but the success of her book encouraged her to become a full-time writer. It was non-stop for Danziger since then. Among her titles are: the enormously popular Amber Brown books as well as Remember Me To Harold Square, The Divorce Express, and Can You Sue Your Parents For Malpractice?

Danziger received numerous honors, including: Parent's Choice Awards, International Reading Association - Children's Book Council Awards, a IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award and many nominations for state reading and library association awards.

Known as a flamboyantly funny and deeply honest writer and speaker, Paula Danziger knew how to relate to young readers at their level. She was vital, funny, and compassionate. She knew how kids felt, what made them laugh, what they wore, collected, read, and played with. From collecting novelty toys that would make any teacher cringe, to wearing jangly earrings, funky glasses and shoes covered with beads and sequins, Paula Danziger had a direct line into kids' hearts and funnybones. She will be missed always.

In Paula's memory, The Amber Brown Fund has been established to bring authors and illustrators to schools and libraries which otherwise could not afford them. Donations may be sent to The Amber Brown Fund/ SCBWI Museum of Children s Books, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Tony Ross lives in London, England.


Paula Danziger lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Paula Danziger was born in 1944 and died in 2004.

Paula Danziger has published or released items in the following series...
  1. A is for Amber; Easy-To-Read
  2. Amber Brown
  3. Penguin Young Readers: Level 3
  4. Puffin Easy-To-Read

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1Books > Audio CDs > Children's Fiction > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( D ) > Danziger, Paula
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Death & Dying > Fiction

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Extraordinary! By: CC from North Boulevard  Dec 6, 2007
The book I am reviewing is United Tates of America. It is a fiction book by Paula Danziger. She also wrote the Amber Brown stories & a popular book called Everybody elses Parents said YES. I think this book deserves 4 stars. This is because it is good but they wait to bring the bad and scary things to the end usually you like a happier ending. This book is mostly about a sixth grader who has too many things around her changing. It is too much pressure so she talks with her favorite uncle and he helps calm her down. The problem is solved toward the end of the book. I am glad because it keeps you waiting and has you keep reading. I recommend it to kids 9 & up because at the end it is a little scary and sad.
GREAT BOOK!  Apr 17, 2005
Great book for on the road! I was on a long road trip and i read this book on the way there absolutley one of my top books. Keeps the reader interested and The title is just as clever as the book is. a must read for 9-13 year olds who love to travel.
United Tates of America  May 6, 2004
I think this book has 3 million thumbs up! I really liked it! I was so into it, I read it in a day practically and read it 10x! I especially like that she and I have the same problems and both are interested in scrapebooking!
United Tates of America  Jan 31, 2004
A great book. Very interesting and creative. I like the part where she was learning and adapting to a new school and also her experiences of not feeling as close to her best friend.
Booooooring  Jul 8, 2002
This is a really boring book. The only sad or emotional part is when the Great Uncle guy dies. Otherwise its very corny. Not to mention "cheap". What's with stealing the name "Lipschitz" from Rugrats. And come on, the ryhme thing got old fast.

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