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Balance
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  • Paperback
  • Apr.08.2011
  • 9781599555188

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Twelve-year-old Adele Walker enters the crucible of adolescence longing for elegance and deploring her family’s lack of it. She finds elegance at her cousins’ home, at a New Year party in a mansion, and in her friendship with the family’s French-Canadian au pair--if only she can keep her balance! When these ideals collapse, Adele withdraws into silence toward her parents and accepts the advice of a shadowy Internet friend. Adele's in trouble, and who even knows about it?  
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Twelve-year-old Adele Walker enters the crucible of adolescence longing for elegance and deploring her family’s lack of it. She finds elegance at her cousins’ home, at a New Year party in a mansion, and in her friendship with the family’s French-Canadian au pair--if only she can keep her balance! When these ideals collapse, Adele withdraws into silence toward her parents and accepts the advice of a shadowy Internet friend. Adele's in trouble, and who even knows about it?

 

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Two: Timing Adele felt like a person lost in the wrong century. She should have lived in a more sensitive age. The older she got the more things she discovered that were too loud and crass and busy and smelly and ungenerous and coarse to be a suitable time for her to have arrived in the world. This had to be another shortcoming of her mother’s Adele had often thought of bringing up to her—if she could think of a tactful way of doing so. The opportunity presented itself one morning when Danny & Eddy had just smeared and pitched their breakfast in a most disgusting manner. Danny’s lobbing of hot cereal had missed her blouse by a mere inch and Eddy’s smear of butter and jam lurked close-by every movement of Adele’s very clean elbow. But Adele lost her focus under the pressure of the moment and identified the immediate rather than the larger problem. “Mother. Have you noticed some people in this family do not have appropriate table manners?” Brady said, “No kidding. So Flunk & Fail are getting to you!” Sandy Walker stared hard at Brady. “What on earth are you talking about?” Brady flashed his most adorable eyes at his mother to draw off her indignation and said, “You know—D & E—Danny & Eddy. If I ever brought home Ds and Es on a report card you’d say I’d flunked and failed!” And that was how the series of names had begun. Gradually the family had fallen into the pattern and Adele seriously wondered if anyone even remembered what their names were anymore. They were called Bread & Butter, Salt & Pepper, Beck & Call and other less endearing names such as Destroy & Conquer or Grimy & Gooey. Adele had tactfully interposed Wash & Wipe into the lexicon, but noted her mother did not even give her “the stare” to acknowledge the suggestion, and further, no one in the family had copied that particularly useful and sensitive combination. Adele believed the forever-renaming of the twins formed a perverse parallel to her mother’s elimination of names altogether wherein she called everyone “hon” indiscriminately. A careless misplacement of the responsibility of naming had occurred in her family. It was Adele’s deepest trial to have been born into a family like this. She should have been an only child.

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If you’re looking for a girl’s coming-of-age story for someone who is extra-sensitive to the nuances of her changing body, both physically and emotionally, she’ll love Balance. It’s a great read for everybody, but especially for girls age 11 to 14.

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About Jean

Skating, skiing, sisters, horses, music, cats, snow, and books surrounded Jean Stringam as she grew up in Alberta, Canada. She loves swapping stories with her family, making music, and exploring somewhere new. Her road to authorship includes many episodes in the trenches of...

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