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When She Was Good

Title

When She Was Good

Authors

Norma Fox Mazer

Publisher

Arthur A. Levine Books

Publication Year

1997

ISBN

9780590135061

Pages

228 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

The death of her abusive, manipulative older sister prompts seventeen-year-old Em to remember their unpleasant life together, with their parents and then later on their own.

Grade Level

6-8, 9-12

Lexile Measure

650L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Step parent; Family violence; Family member death; step mother; abusive sibling; abusive father; domestic abuse; physical abuse; mental abuse; death of a mother; death of a sibling; death of a sister

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

father, step mother, and sister

Awards

Booklist Book Review Stars, 1997
Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1997 Older Readers
Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Fourteenth Edition, 2001
Lasting Connections, 1997 Fiction
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, 1997 Fiction
School Library Journal Best Books, 1997
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, Grades 5 Up
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 1997 Grades 5 Up
Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002
Senior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Fifteenth Edition, 1998
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1998

Keywords

apartment; living on your own; dysfunctional family; vulnerability; coffin; feelings; internal struggle

Diversity Impact

direct

When She Was Good


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