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45 Pounds (More or Less)   by Kelly Barson
On Sale Date: July 11, 2013
9780670784820, 0670784826
$16.99 USD, $18.00 CAD
Discount Code: A30
Juvenile Fiction \ Girls & Women
Juvenile Fiction \ Social Issues
Juvenile Fiction \ Social Issues \ Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Juvenile Fiction \ Love & Romance
Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up
Viking Books for Young Readers
272 pages
5.8 in W | 8.5 in H | 1 in T | 0.9 lb Wt
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"Deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side." --Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author

Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi's life:

She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).

Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann's ever seen—and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.

And there's one more thing—it's all about feeling comfortable in your own skin—no matter how you add it up!

K.A. Barson's sparkling debut is "deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side." -- Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author

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K.A. Barson earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She and her husband live in Jackson, Michigan, surrounded by kids, grandkids, unruly dogs, and too many pairs of shoes. This is her first novel.

Visit her website at www.kabarson.com.
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"With both humor and debth, the story of Ann's resilience, determination, and strength will inspire readers on their own journey toward a sparkly new life." --Susane Colasanti, author of Keep Holding On

"You'll love this book so much that you'll wish you had a friend like Ann." --Cynthia Leitich Smith, New York Times bestselling author

"Deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side." -- Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author

* "Barson offers up a powerful and poignant novel about hope and love in the midst of common and controversial issues about weight gain, weight loss, and the ability to persevere despite our flaws and predispositions to “eating,” or not eating, our emotions. It is a book readers will not want to wait to finish, and when it is done, they will pick it up again." --VOYA, starred review
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From 45 Pounds (More or Less):

Stuck in the changing room, I imagine the call now.

"9-1-1. State your emergency."

"Yes, we have a girl here trapped in a dress."

"Excuse me?"

"Yes, you heard right. A girl trapped in a dress. A fat girl. In a dress two sizes too small."

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