Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes

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Scholastic Press
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5.3 X 7.6 X 0.7 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author
Mary E. Lambert is a middle school English teacher in Tempe, Arizona. She graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in children's writing and is the author of Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes. Visit her on Twitter @MaryUncontrary or at
"Annabelle's smart, perceptive voice is fresh and realistic. Well-drawn and sympathetic characters (even, eventually, Annabelle's parents) drive this immersive tale. This debut story is a standout." -- Kirkus Reviews

"This poignant tale with an authentic and memorable narrator will resonate with many young readers -- whether they have personal experiences with hoarding or not. Move this to the top of the realistic fiction purchase list in libraries serving middle graders." -- School Library Journal

"Gutsy and affecting. A believably hopeful ending reinforces the story's call to face problems rather than hide or run from them, and to ask for help from others -- especially family." -- Publishers Weekly

"Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes is a heartfelt exploration of family and friendship, adolescence and sisterhood; it is a touching and real portrait of the beautiful mess that love and life can sometimes be." -- Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Honest Truth

"Brave, honest and heartfelt. With grace and humor, the author tackles the overlooked subject of hoarding and gives us a loving portrait of a family in the process of healing." -- Phoebe Stone, author of The Boy on Cinnamon Street