Washington School is gearing up to welcome Elly Swartz for a virtual author visit. This PTO fundraiser, supported by The Book House in Millburn, is the perfect chance to add some new and fun books to your library. Ms. Swartz is the author of three contemporary books. Her debut novel, FINDING PERFECT is about 12-year-old Molly and a slam poetry competition that will determine everything. In her second book, SMART COOKIE, you meet the spunky and big-hearted Frankie, who is all about family with a dash of mischief and mystery! And Maggie, in GIVE AND TAKE learns about family, friendship, and letting go. Don't miss out on getting a signed copy, and be sure to order by November 13th.
You may order online from this page, or in person at The Book House. You have a choice of:
store pick up
home drop off (within 07078 / 07041 zip codes)
If you want your order to be delivered to your child's classroom, choose store pick up and type the name or your homeroom teacher in the comment
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A girl deals with friendship, family, and OCD in this classic-feeling, debut middle-grade novel by Elly Swartz.
To twelve-year-old Molly Nathans, perfect is:
―The number four
―The tip of a newly sharpened No. 2 pencil
―A crisp white pad of paper
―Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines
What’s not perfect is Molly’s mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Poetry Slam Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with white tablecloths. Molly is sure her mother would never miss that. Right…?
But as time passes, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly's world from spinning out of control. In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect.
Family has always been important to twelve-year-old Maggie: a trapshooter, she is coached by her dad and cheered on by her mom. But her grandmother's recent death leaves a giant hole in Maggie's life, one which she begins to fill with an assortment of things: candy wrappers, pieces of tassel from Nana's favorite scarf, milk cartons, sticks . . . all stuffed in cardboard boxes under her bed.
Then her parents decide to take in a foster infant. But anxiety over the new baby's departure only worsens Maggie's hoarding, and soon she finds herself taking and taking until she spirals out of control. Ultimately, with some help from family, friends, and experts, Maggie learns that sometimes love means letting go. Elly Swartz's Give and Take is a touching middle grade novel about family, friendship, and learning when to let go.
Sometimes you need to keep a few secrets.
Frankie knows she'll be in big trouble if Dad discovers she secretly posted a dating profile for him online. But she's determined to find him a wife, even if she ends up grounded for life. Frankie wants what she had before Mom died. A family of three. Two is a pair of socks or the wheels on a bicycle or a busy weekend at the B&B where Frankie and Dad live. Three is a family. And Frankie's is missing a piece.
But Operation Mom is harder to pull off than Frankie expects. None of the Possibles are very momish, the B&B's guests keep canceling, Frankie's getting the silent treatment from her once best friend, and there's a maybe-ghost hanging around. Worst of all, Gram and Dad are definitely hiding secrets of their own.
If a smart cookie like Frankie wants to save the B&B and find her missing piece, she's going to have to figure out what secrets are worth keeping and when it's time to let go.From the author of Finding Perfect comes a funny, heartwarming story about the importance of family and the secrets we keep from those we love.