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Middletown
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Middletown

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If you enjoyed From the Mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, then you’ll love Middletown.

“I’d describe this book as a modern, darker (addressing a parent's addiction and a teen girl experiencing harassment) sibling of the classic From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler, a childhood favorite of mine. I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did - especially the portrayal of gender identity and coming into queerness as a young person and the nuanced understanding of family and community. I'd recommend this to anyone, but would encourage parents of kids in the younger range of middle grade to read it along with their children, and discuss the harder themes with them.”

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Description

Thirteen-year-old Eli likes baggy clothes, baseball caps, and one girl in particular. Her seventeen-year-old sister Anna is more traditionally feminine; she loves boys and staying out late. They are sisters, and they are also the only family each can count on. Their dad has long been out of the picture, and their mom lives at the mercy of her next drink. When their mom lands herself in enforced rehab, Anna and Eli are left to fend for themselves. With no legal guardian to keep them out of foster care, they take matters into their own hands: Anna masquerades as Aunt Lisa, and together she and Eli hoard whatever money they can find. But their plans begin to unravel as quickly as they were made, and they are always way too close to getting caught.


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