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By Laura Harrington

ISBN-10: 1101515295

ISBN-13: 9781101515297

Boston Globe bestseller 

"Nothing below an absolutely discovered imaginative and prescient of a tender complex girl." —Entertainment Weekly

Tomboy Alice Bliss is heartbroken whilst she learns that her father, Matt, is being deployed to Iraq. Matt will omit seeing Alice blossom right into a full-blown teen: she'll discover ways to force, subscribe to the song workforce, visit her first dance, and fall in love—all whereas attempting to be robust for her mom, Angie, and her precocious little sister. however the cellphone calls from her father are by no means lengthy sufficient. right now common and extremely own, Alice Bliss is a profoundly relocating tale approximately those who find themselves left at domestic in the course of wartime and a small-town teenage woman bravely dealing with the future.

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But she waits another moment, and another. She wants to see her dad one more time tonight. They walk through the kitchen door. The dining room light is nothing more than a warm glow, illuminating them. Matt pulls Angie to him and kisses her, and kisses her some more. Alice backs slowly up the stairs, carefully stepping over the creakiest step, third from the top. She puts her freezing cold hands under her armpits to try to warm them as she walks down the hall to her room. She waits to duck inside her door until she hears them on the stairs.

She’s also got that bottle blonde, tough broad thing going on. And it’s like she does backward flirting, giving guys such a hard time they can’t believe it, but they keep coming back for more. People from out of town assume Sally and Gram are sisters. ” Playing on the Bird theme, Gram has birdbaths and bird feeders galore. There’s suet hanging in the oldest apple tree next to the house, hummingbird feeders stuck to all the windows, and supposedly squirrel-proof feeders hanging from most branches.

Angie rolls up her window and turns the heat up high. ” Ellie wants to know. “You can have whatever you want,” Angie answers. ” Alice makes a face. “No. Onion rings and a vanilla shake. Then hot chocolate. ” “I don’t care. ” They pull into Don and Bob’s, and Angie nearly clips the SUV at the entrance as their car slides a bit on the snow. She gives the fat guy in the front seat a jaunty wave, like we’re all in this crazy weather thing together, aren’t we? Crossing the parking lot, Angie is tiptoeing through the snow trying not to ruin her new heels.

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