Reviews for Forever Amber Brown


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1997
Now in her fifth book, Amber Brown is just getting used to the many changes in her life since her parents divorced, her best friend Justin moved away, and her mother started dating Max. Her mother then throws a wrench into everything by announcing that Max has proposed marriage. Amber's verbal puns are sometimes a bit too clever and self-conscious, but the breezy writing style suits the quick story. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1997 #1
Now in her fifth book, Amber Brown is just getting used to the many changes in her life since her parents divorced, her best friend Justin moved away, and her mother started dating Max. Her mother then throws a wrench into everything by announcing that Max has proposed marriage. She and Amber take a weekend trip to visit Justin's family in Alabama. There Amber's mom decides, with her best friend's help, to get engaged to Max, and Amber continues to learn that nothing stays the same. Amber's many fans will enjoy her upfront narration and her frank assessments of herself and those around her. Amber's verbal puns are sometimes a bit too clever and self-conscious, but the breezy writing style suits the quick story. m.v.k. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Magazine Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1997 February
Gr 3-5?In previous books in this popular series, Amber has seen her parents divorce and her father and best friend, Justin Daniels, move far away. Now she is firmly established in the fourth grade with a new best friend and a growing fondness for her mom's boyfriend, Max. Just for a while, Amber would like nothing more to change so that she can concentrate on the business of growing up. Then Max throws them all into a tizzy by asking her mother to marry him. Suddenly, they make an unplanned trip to Alabama to see the Daniels family so that Amber's mom can think things through. There, Justin helps Amber realize that change is a part of living. Through all the chaos, irrepressible Amber, buoyed by her loving relationship with her mother as well as her lively imagination and wonderful sense of humor, develops a growing understanding of herself and the people around her. Danziger's characterizations ring true. Her light handling of a difficult subject faced by so many youngsters will once again find a ready audience. In addition, readers ready to venture beyond beginning chapter books will find the undemanding format welcoming. The simple sentence structure, large print, and pen-and-ink sketches make it possible for them to relax and enjoy as Amber gradually realizes that no matter what changes occur she will remain Forever Amber Brown.?Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME

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