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New York : A. Knopf, 1999.
Clara Wilson hates her crooked nose. She wishes that straightening
her nose would straighten everything in her life that is suddenly falling
apart. First off, her best friend feels that Clara is not cool enough
to be her friend anymore. Clara’s parents are acting weird.
When they decide to separate, Clara’s world is turned upside down.
Amos Mackenzie has problems of is own. His father tells very corny
jokes and embarrasses Amos. What Amos does not know is that his father
is suffering from cancer of the stomach. He unexpectedly has emergency
surgery and the results leave Amos feeling devastated and guilty.
Amos’s mother becomes fanatically involved in religion and then must get
a waitressing job at a local hang out. Then Amos accidentally crosses
paths with the Tripp brothers. Not only do they decide to torment
Amos but they also want to make his freshmen year of high school unbearable.
Clara and Amos develop crushes on one another. There are many complications
to this budding romance when Eddie Tripp also develops feelings for Clara
that she does not return. Both Amos and Clara become targets for
the Tripp brother’s cruelty.
Will Amos and Clara stand up to the Tripp brothers? Or will they
be driven apart by fear? Read Crooked a novel about teen friendships,
bullies, peer pressure, and life to find out. (Susan Joyner, Student
at USC, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Parent and child -- Fiction.
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