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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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5.2 X 8.0 X 0.3 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author

Courtney Sheinmel is a chocolate lover, mac and cheese expert, mom to Archer, and the author of nearly 30 books for kids and teens, including several series for young readers--Stella Batts, My Pet Slime, Magic on the Map (cowritten with Bianca Turetsky), and Agnes & Clarabelle (cowritten with Adele Griffin). She received a National Scholastic Outstanding Educator Award for her work as a writing instructor at the nonprofit Writopia Lab. Sheinmel and her family live in New York.


"Courtney Sheinmel has captured, with honesty and perception, the complicated thoughts of thirteen-year-old Emmy Price as she navigates her life during the difficult months following her mother's death from AIDS. Emmy, who's HIV-positive, not only must deal with the loss of the person she loved the most, but must face her own illness with a new sense of heart-wrenching reality. I cheered every one of Emmy's cautious steps on her journey to make a place for herself in a world without her mother." -- Ann M. Martin, author of "A Corner of the Universe" and "A Dog's Life"
"Courtney Sheinmel's powerful tale of teenager Emerson Price's journey growing up with AIDS sends a torpedo right to the heart. I loved it. Never preachy, Emmy's story feels as if you've delved into her personal diary. I cried and I smiled and eventually felt a sisterhood with Emmy, whose message 'anything is possible' made me cheer." -- actor Marlee Matlin, author of "Deaf Child Crossing"
"Utterly enthralling, Positively tugs at your heartstrings from the first page and doesn't let go. Courtney Sheinmel has created such a believable character in thirteen-year-old Emmy that I didn't want to leave her. This could be the most important book you read all year." -- Wendy Mass, author of "Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life"
"SHeinmel believably portrays the frustration and anxiety of a girl carrying a particularly heavy burden into the adolescent years of possible romance and growing independance...Kids with thier own health issues may find this provides some useful perspective...while other readers will be drawn by "could be me" drama."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"