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Water Balloon

Title

Water Balloon

Authors

Audrey Vernick

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages

320 pages

Publication Year

2014

ISBN

9780544275010

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Separation; separated parents; co-parenting; two homes

Annotation

A warm debut novel about friendship and first love, from a popular picture-book author. Marley's life is as precarious as an overfull water balloonone false move and everything will burst. Her best friends are pulling away from her, and her parents, newly separated, have decided she should spend the summer with her dad in his new house, with a job she didn't ask for and certainly doesn't want. On the upside is a cute boy who loves dogs as much as Marley does ... but young love has lots of opportunity for humiliation and misinterpreted signals. Luckily Marley is a girl who trusts her instincts and knows the truth when she sees it, making her an immensely appealing character and her story funny, heartfelt, and emotionally true.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Family Formation

separated parents

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection

Keywords

fathers and daughters; babysitting; best friends; friendship; dogs

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Water Balloon

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