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The Jellyfish Season [Paperback]

Mary Downing Hahn
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April 1 1992 Avon Camelot Books
I thought becoming a teenager was going to be fun. Instead., the summer I turned thirteen my life turned upside-down. Dad lost his job and we moved into my aunt and uncle's beach house. Sounded great-but not When I had to share a room with my boy-crazy cousin Fay. Fay was having plenty of fun, but I just got to sit on the beach and watch. It seemed like Fay had the kind of teenage life I only dreamed of. But then the end of summer came and everything seemed different. It looked as if my life might even turn fun-side-up.

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The Sara Summer and Hahn's other books are admired as meaty, well-told stories about adolescents facing problems. Her latest is another such, narrated by 12-year-old Kathleen Foster. With her mother and three younger sisters, Kathleen has to move from home to Baltimore to stay with relatives on Chesapeake Bay, while Mr. Foster stays behind to look for work. Kathleen and her fierce sister Patsy, 10, get into trouble, mostly because their cousin Fay, an aspiring sexpot, resents the Foster children as guests in her home. Hanging more heavily on Kathleen's mind are the implications of her parents' separation. She worries about her mother when she overhears discussions between her aunt and Mrs. Foster. The story's events are many and engrossing, but it slips at the confrontation when Kathleen expresses her thoughts to her mother in words too adult for belief. The novel is, nonetheless, a memorable portrayal of ills caused by unemployment.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Always interested in writing, Mary Downing Hahn became a children's author only after experimenting with a wide variety of careers, from junior high school art teacher to college instructor to children's librarian. Today she is the author of more than twenty books that have appeared on countless state awards lists. Her stories run the gamut from historical fiction such as the popular Gordy trilogy, to ghost stories such as Wait Till Helen Comes and Look for Me by Moonlight. Her most recent work, Anna All Year Round, is a gentle and heartwarming story based on her own mother's diaries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars True to the time of life, and the location June 25 2004
By Dawn
This was one of my favorite books in my young adulthood. Soon after I had moved away from my bayfront house in the town in the book (yes, it's a real town!) I discovered this book on the library shelves. I was amazed that the author was able to capture the essence of North Beach so well. She also does a very good job with the relationships of the girls...I remember that age and the so called "friends" I made. For me it will always be a reminder of my childhood. Highly recommended from someone who has been there :)
And to correct a previous review from someone...This did not take place in New England...Baltimore and North Beach are both in Maryland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories March 19 2000
By A Customer
I first read this book when I was 10, and it's been a favorite of mine for 5 years now. Even today, it powerfully conveys the difficulty of growing up. Kathleen has insecurities about her looks, longings for love, and conflict in her family. As I read, I feel as if I'm right there with her as she rebels and grows. The story is so realistic, with great dialogue. I'd reccomend it to any girl who's having a rough time being teenager. "The Jellyfish Season" is also a roadmap for preteens who don't know what to expect and a trip down memory lane for women who've already been there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book and author! May 23 1999
By A Customer
When I first read this book at the age of eleven, I loved it because it was so easy to follow. Now I am fifteen , and I can't count how many times I've read it. It is still one of my favorite books. After reading this one, I was able to find all of the authors books, and read them all. I now own all but the two most recent ones. I n fact this book changed my life in a way. I used to absolutely despise reading, and now it is one of my favorite things. It's true, "There is no Frigate like a Book"! Thank you Mary Downig Hahn, and continue to write wonderful books!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and Priceless Sept. 13 1998
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This book brings back some pretty nice memories for me. I read it for the first time when I was eleven years old and, up until I was about sixteen, read it once a year. Hahn's writing is meaty and delightfully visceral, and the dialogue is appreciatively sharp. If ever there was a book that could appropriately be termed "coming-of-age," this is it. Older readers will look back on the warmth of their younger days, rememember, and smile.
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