Isabella's Above-Ground Pool

By Alice Mead; Maryann Cocca-Leffler (Illustrator)
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374336172, 112pp.)

Publication Date: April 18, 2006

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"I won't share 'cuz it's not fair!" is nine-year-old Isabella
Speedwalker-Juarez's motto. It's all because she's stuck in a room
with her toddler brother, Dozer. Mom says Izzy has to adapt to
Granny's tiny trailer, where they've just moved because money
is tight and Mom is worried about losing her job at the gum
factory. Izzy knows what will make everything better - an
above-ground pool. She'll swim in it for hours, and she won't
share it with anyone, not even her new classmates or her friend
Deborah Nibblebitz-Fifer. With help from Zachary O'Toole, the
neighborhood handyman - and from Deborah - Izzy plans to
hold a car wash to raise money. But when things finally start
to go her way, a tornado damages the neighborhood, and Izzy
begins to rethink her motto.

Sparkling illustrations and a large dose of warmhearted humor
make Isabella's dilemma - and change of heart - easily
identifiable to young readers everywhere.

About the Author

ALICE MEAD is the author of the popular Junebug books. She
lives in Maryland. MARYANN COCCA-LEFFLER has written
and/or illustrated many books for children. She lives in
Amherst, New Hampshire.

Praise For Isabella's Above-Ground Pool

"Gently humorous.  The direct, uncomplicated prose and familiar vocabulary will add to the appeal of this transitional story for middle grade readers."  --Kirkus Reviews "An entertaining story.  Consider this as a read-aloud."  --Booklist "Readers will enjoy the true-to-life school and family situations."  --School Library Journal

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