A Friend at Midnight (Paperback)

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After her parents'' divorce, Lily''s younger brother, Michael, goes to live with his father. Then, one day Michael calls her from the Baltimore-Washington Airport where their father has abandoned him, and Lily wonders if she will be able to rescue herself from the bitterness and anger she feels.

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Publisher Random House Childrens Books
Mfg Part# 9780385733274
SKU 206554571
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0385733275
Release Date 8/12/2008
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Author Info
Caroline B. Cooney
Caroline Cooney remembers her sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Albert, with fondness. He was the teacher who always assigned short-story writing at the end of class, and Caroline was the student who wrote and wrote and wrote! She decided to become a writer when she discovered story writing in Mr. Albert's class. Caroline was born in 1947 in Geneva, New York, but spent most of her childhood and teenage years in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She loved to read anything she could get her hands on, but her favorite characters were in the HARDY BOYS and CHERRY AMES books. In fact, CHERRY AMES was Caroline's reason to go to nursing school later on in life; the characters had a life-altering effect upon her. After she graduated from Greenwich High School in 1965, Caroline went on to college--actually, she attended four colleges and "faded fast at all of them." She began writing more and more, and by the time she was about 30 years old, she had written 10 unpublished novels! She never gave up her dream, even though at times it was very difficult because she kept receiving rejection letters. But finally, after all of the "no" letters, her first novel, SAFE AS THE GRAVE, was published. She wrote the entire book in longhand. After that she used a typewriter, and now she uses a computer to write her books because it's so much easier--it's become her "best friend!" Caroline's books have been a hit with young audiences everywhere. They have received lavish praise and awards, including the ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ALA Quick-Pick for Young Adults, Booklist Editors' Choice, ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age. She feels very honored when she visits schools and meets readers and teachers. Her best advice to kids who want to write is that they should read and write whenever and wherever they can, because it takes a lot of practice to get good at it! When Caroline finds time for a break, one of her favorite hobbies is going to bookstores and buying lots of books--she loves to read and see what's new in the book world. She also sings in several choirs and plays the piano for them, too. A fun fact: she uses her children--Louisa, Sayre, and Harold--in all of her books!
Praise
"Always readable, Cooney is as adept at adolescent psychology as she is at suspense. Yet another enjoyable--and this time enlightening--offering from the author that can expand her fan base even further."
"Though the psychological and spiritual themes may lose some readers, the promise of a resolution to Lily's anguish will pull at readers (non-Christians included) to the end, where meaty questions about God's obligation to believers, and vice versa, make the book a natural choice for youth ministers to share with teens."
"Wrathful, courageous, resourceful, loving and even occasionally light-hearted, Lily is a bracingly refreshing heroine."
From the Publisher
Annotation Tense family relationships, a terrible secret, and a loss of faith are at the heart of Caroline B. Cooney's moving young-adult novel. After rescuing her little brother Michael from an airport, where their father cruelly discarded him, 15-year-old Lily promises to keep the episode a secret. But this promise comes at a great cost to them both, and soon the siblings are forced to talk about it, forever transforming their family.
Editors Note After rescuing her younger brother abandoned at a busy airport by their divorced father, fifteen-year-old Lily finds her faith in God sorely tested as she struggles to rescue herself from the bitterness and anger she feels. Reprint.
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 11
Number of Pages 0183
Publisher Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers

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