Am I Right or Am I Right?
By Barry Jonsberg
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375836374, 256pp.)
Publication Date: February 13, 2007
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Calma Harrison is in love. Not just with herself, but also with the handsome checkout guy at Crazi-Cheep. So stocking shelves at the Crazi- Cheep seems like the perfect job—until that annoying customer tries to hold up the store. . . .
And then there's the small matter of the rest of Calma's life, which is fast falling apart: her absent father turns up after five years and wants to "talk," her mother is clearly living a secret second life, and her new best friend is hiding something horrible.
Calma is sure she knows exactly what's going on. And clearly her direct, personal intervention is required to make things right.
Except . . . if she's wrong. And then her butting in will make everything much, much worse.
Am I Right or Am I Right? is a whip-smart, wise-cracking, big-hearted novel about a girl who is learning that things are not always what they seem, and how to start again when you've gotten it all so very wrong.
Barry Jonsberg teaches high school English in Darwin, Australia. Am I Right or Am I Right? was the winner of the Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature, one of Australia's most competitive literary awards.
“From Australia comes another great piece of YA literature with wit, zing and depth. Plenty of on-the-spot humor. . . . Readers will laugh, cry and, without trying, learn.”–Kirkus Reviews
“The book’s greatest strength is its deftly drawn characters. . . . YA readers will be attracted to the humor, as well as the mystery and drama constantly surrounding Calma’s life.”–Booklist