"She's practically perfect," Megan said thoughtfully. She repeated the new girl's name, practicing the way Ms. Endee had written it on the whiteboard. "Alexis Powell." Megan has spent forever planning her positively purple birthday sleepover. She's even made glittery purple invitations for every girl in her class. Then a new girl, Alexis, joins their class. Alexis seems perfect: She's smart, pretty, and rules the soccer games on the playground. But no matter how hard Megan tries to be a friend to Alexis, the new girl is aloof or rude. At first, Megan thinks Alexis is shy. Then Megan starts to fear that Alexis is treating her differently because she's deaf. When the girls are forced to collaborate on a science fair project, Megan learns the truth -- and realizes that nobody's perfect. Once again Marlee Matlin draws on experiences from her own childhood to tell Megan's story. In this funny, poignant book, readers will root for Megan, a spirited young girl who doesn't let anything stand in her way.
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(190mm x 124mm x 23mm)
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Celebrating deafness and a unique character, Matlin brings back Megan from Deaf Child Crossing (2002), returning full tilt from summer camp, ready to invite every girl in her fourth-grade to her perfectly purple birthday party, everyone except Alexis, the new girl who appears to abhor deafness. Alexis's apparent, callous rudeness challenges Megan not to rush to judgment, but to follow her family's strong influence to gather facts and not react to feelings alone. She uses all her talents, control and charm to be caring of Alexis as a human being, and by torturously pushing aside easy anger, Megan wins the truth and discovers Alexis's personal motivation: an unsettled relationship with an autistic brother. The miracle that she brings to Alexis's family is worth all the suffering. Megan is all purple feathers, glitter and friend, endearingly sincere with an intense energy that explodes with action on the page, shaking her world with an internal struggle worthy of a heroine. Heads above the companion volume. (Fiction. 9-11) (Kirkus Reviews)
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