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P.S. Longer Letter Later [Paperback]

Paula Danziger , Ann M. Martin
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Feb. 13 1999
Tara*Starr loves being the centre of attention, and is the only child of young parents. Elizabeth is quiet and shy, and lives in a house where possessions are more important than feelings. When Tara*Starr moves away, they keep their friendship by writing letters. Then life changes for both of them.

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Shy, quiet Elizabeth likes whole-wheat doughnuts, but her best friend, Tara*Starr, likes custard ones with vanilla icing and multicolored sprinkles. When Tara*Starr pictures the two of them together as old ladies, Elizabeth is knitting, and she is sewing sequins and beads on everything! Despite their differences, the two seventh-grade girls are inseparable--until Tara*Starr moves away, spurring the warm, winning correspondence that scampers across the pages of Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin's P.S. Longer Letter Later: A Novel in Letters.

Elizabeth and Tara*Starr's junior high school world is one of corny jokes, words like "gazillion," and awkward moments (a New Year's Eve kiss happens at 12:08, and "it was sort of gross because the Chee-to in his mouth ended up in my mouth"), but it's also a world where both girls are dealing with their evolving--and sometimes derailing--families. Danziger (writing Tara*Starr's letters) and Martin (writing Elizabeth's letters) are friends in real life, and both have done a masterful job of creating the distinct, realistic, endearing voices of their characters; developing a profound, emotional, and ever-changing relationship between two young girls; and crafting a page- turning story to boot. Young readers--half-laughing, half with lump in throat--will "totally relate" to this feisty pair! (Ages 9 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If Danziger and Martin had been childhood pen pals, their correspondence might have read much like this strikingly insightful epistolary novel. Each known for a finely tuned ear to her audience, the venerable authors here do a splendid job of creating a story based on the letters exchanged between 12-year-old best friends, one of whom has just moved to another state. The authors' distinctive voices give the collaboration a rare spontaneity and realism. Impulsive, outgoing Tara*Starr streaks her hair purple, can't resist a pun, pens an irreverent column for her school paper and fancies creme-filled, frosted doughnuts with sprinkles. The whole-wheat variety is the doughnut of choice for quiet, thoughtful Elizabeth, who enjoys cross-stitching, launches a poetry journal at school and isn't quite ready to pierce her ears. Tara's life, which had been chaotic prior to her move, hits some unanticipated twists: her mother and father?who had Tara at 17?begin acting like parents for the first time (taking steady jobs, setting rules around the house) and her mother becomes pregnant. Elizabeth, meanwhile, whose life was quite predictable and steady, faces cataclysmic change when her spendthrift father loses his job, struggles with alcohol and abandons his wife and daughters. Her crises spawn some moving passages, including her response to Tara's ironic complaints that her life is "a shambles" because snow postponed the school play; "It better turn around soon," writes Elizabeth, "Your life is the only good one I have." Readers will also readily identify with Tara's confessions of inadequacy about how to console Elizabeth (e.g., "Zounds! Zounds! Zounds!/ A million times Zounds!/ I don't know what to say. Your news is soooooooo awful!"). Even when the girls argue and the time between letters grows, readers can appreciate what goes into the erosion and rebuilding of friendship. Given Danziger's and Martin's penchant for continuing story lines, readers can only hope that this will be an ongoing correspondence. Ages 10-13.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about two seventh grade girls July 17 2004
Format:Paperback
I just love p.s.longer letter later. It's about Tara* star and her friend Elizabeth. Two 12 years old seventh graders are very different. Elizabeth is shy, come from a "pefect" family, neat and like to write plus she has a little sister Emma. Tara*Star on other hand is outgoing, is most responsible person in her family, anyway upside of Elizabeth. Now the Charents( Tara*Star's childlike parents) is take Tara*Star to Ohio, and two girls have to talk by writing letters. Both girls go though a lot of changes and there are a test of their friendship. Even though Tara*Star's parents are having a baby and become responsible; Elizabeth's dad lost his job and they move to a smaller place, and there are some rough time, it didn't stop the friendship between two girls. I like this books because it talk about two seventh grade girls and their problems just like common things can happen in this world. You will love this book once you read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chelsea's Review May 3 2004
Format:Paperback
When i read "P.S. Longer Letter Later" i thought it was a great book because it reminded me of me and my old friend who moved away! We wrote for a little while then Stoped and now i miss her! This book was about two girls who write back and forth about their problems! I loved it alot!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The long jouney on paper April 29 2004
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The Long Journey On Paper
P.S Longer Letter Later is a book about two best friends who are also the authors. Ann M. Martin and novelist Paula Danziger, who also wrote Everyone Else's Parents Said Yes, Adopted Jane, There's A Bat In Bunk Five, The Cat Ate My Gym Suit, and Pistachio Prescription. This book was actually based on letters that the two authors wrote to each other.
Tara and Elizabeth are best friend and the main character of this book. The book starts off enjoyable, but like any other book then a couple pages later what's happening in the story gets worse and worse until you're at the end of the book then it's great. What's sad about this book is Tara* Starr moves away from her friends and Elizabeth. What's bad about this book is that Tara and Elizabeth have to use mail to reach each other. What frightening is that Elizabeth's parents have a problem. Tara's parents have a problem too. At the end, some great things happen.
The characters change to realize that life isn't perfect and bad things will happen. The mood of this story is happy and bright at times it's dark and gloomy. What interested me was that these two different kids that are best friends are in different places and still keep in touch. They have fights too. This book is good for ages eight to adults. I wish the author described things better so the readers could have a vivid picture of thing in the book. The genre of this book is non-fiction. The authors of this book write a lot about children. This story takes place recent times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster of a story! April 26 2004
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Format:Paperback
I liked this book because it was a good story and had a lot of strong moments and feelings. The book is about two 12 year old girls who are best friends and used to live near each other until one of them moved away to another state. Now they talk to each other through letters. The book tells the story through their letters. One of the girls comes from a rich family, the other girl from a poorer family but they still get along and can share their feelings with each other. The girls are pretty different from each other (one likes teen fashion, the other is more plain in her clothes, hair, and jewelry) but they have some similarities too. They are both only children, good students and like to write and to joke around.
I recommend this book because it makes you care about the characters and what happens to them. You are reading their letters to each other and the letters are very courageous, strong, and personal. It makes you feel like you are there. I like the story because it is like a roller coaster where things are always changing. This book is one of my favorite books and I would recommend it to any girl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars P.S. Longer Letters Later April 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I think it is a good book. It is about two girls who were best friends but then one of the girls move. They have to learn that they can communicate by writing letters and talking on the phone.I am sorry for Elizabeth because she goes from rich to poor and also, her father leaves them. It is a good book and I would like people to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THe best book in the histpry March 15 2004
By kathi
Format:Paperback
THis book is about a 2 girls that were best friends and, 1 of the girls had to move so when the girl moved they started writting mails. Then becacuse they couldnt talk to each other because the phone bill costs alot they had to tell all about there life by writting. So the girls would writte what is happening in there tennage lifes. THen if they had trouble they would try to solve the problem and they would try to get through with it. Thats what this book is about even the sequal Snail Mail NO More
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5.0 out of 5 stars P.S. Longer Letter Later March 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
P.S. Longer Letter Later

Dear Elizabeth, zikes, zounds, zazooks! Things sure do sound crazy at your house! This is one of the captivating leads of P.S. Longer Letter Later, by Paula A. Danziger and Ann M. Martian.
P.S. Longer Letter Later, (as well as being the title) is one of the closings to the letters written by Elizabeth and her friend Tara*Starr, when they are forced to continue their friendship through "snail mail".
Elizabeth is the perfect child, a parents "dream". She wears nice skirts and sweaters, keeps her room neat, and always does her work. On the other hand, Tara*Starr is different, but still has her head on "earth". Tara tries to stand out with her high top shoes and the pink streak in her hair. Tara has many conflicts with boys, family, and sometimes even with Elizabeth.
When Tara*Starr's "charents" (CHildlike paRENTS) whisk her away to Ohio, Tara and Elizabeth only have letters, their friendship's soul survival.
A life lesson that I learned is that whatever goes on, whatever happens, you can pull through and survive. Many examples in the novel show you that.
Speaking of examples, when Elizabeth's life takes a turn for the worst, she really needs Tara's support through letters. A few things that Elizabeth goes through are, her father losing his job, and her parents divorcing. These things break her heart. On top of that, Tara's life is finally coming together. (It usually is in shambles.)
P.S. Longer Letter Later mostly takes place through letters. It really shows what kind of problems teenage girls go through today.
Overall, P.S. Longer Letter Later keeps you wanting to turn the page. I would recommend this novel to girls, sixth grade and over who like great novels that leave you guessing what will happen in the sequel Snail Mail, No More. Will the girls friendship end? To find out, you'll have to pick up a copy of P.S. Longer Letter Later. A "Longer Letter Later" is on the way.
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