Everything Is Fine.

By Ellis, Ann

Publishers Summary:
Stuck at home caring for her severely depressed mother and abandoned by her father, Mazzy has only the day-to-day dramas of her neighborhood to keep her busy. But between flirting with the boy next door and worrying about the fact that she's flat-chested, Mazzy has to face the fact that her mom is emotionally paralyzed by a family tragedy. As readers delve into the story, they'll eventually discover what it was that tore Mazzy's family apart, and they'll see what it takes to put it back together. Despite its serious subject matter, Mazzy brings humor to the trying age of adolescence and gives readers just the kind of awkward, troubled, and endearing character they will gladly embrace.

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978-0-31601-364-2
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

Gr 6-9 Mazzy is fine. Her severely depressed, almost catatonic mother is fineas long as Mazzy takes care of her and keeps neighbors and family-services investigators away. Her absent ESPN-host father is fine, though he's been gone a while and Mazzy doesn't feel like returning his calls. And the summer will be fine, as long as she can keep hanging out with Colby, her neighbor, and pursue her art. In spare pros...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

After Mazzy's sister dies, her mother becomes too depressed to get out of bed and her father moves out. In denial, Mazzy trie...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

Ann Dee Ellis skillfully captures Mazzy’s determination and isolation as she struggles to care for both herself and her despondent mother while fending off what little help she is offered from the adult world. The first-person narration is delivered in brief entries—some just a few words long, others a few pages. These stream-of-consciousness passages gradually reveal details about Mazzy’s curren...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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