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Absolutely Maybe

By Lisa Yee

Meet Maybelline "Maybe" Chestnut.

She may be named for her mother's favorite brand of mascara, but she has a mind - and a hair color - all her own.

Meet her mother, Chessy - that is, Chessamay Chestnut Abajian Wing Marshall Wing Sinclair Alvarez and soon-to-be Himmler. The one man she didn't marry? Maybe's father.

Meet Ted and Hollywood, a.k.a. Maybe's best friends. When Chessy chooses her latest scuzzball fiancé over her daughter, the trio sets out to find Maybe's dad in California.

Where they meet Los Angeles: city of swimming pools, movie stars, and a whole lot of suprises, including an aging screen goddess, a famous photographer, three makeovers, a Rolls-Royce, and a taco truck. Hollywood makes a film; Ted makes his fortune. But the biggest surprise may be Maybe herself, as a charm-school dropout becomes a drop-dead charmer in Lisa Yee's terrific new novel.

Reviews and Awards

"Yee plays to her strengths, wittily delineating the quirky, eccentric humanity of her heartfelt characters as they search for acceptance and love. Tragic, comic and heartwarming." - Kirkus Reviews

"Moving from middle grade into YA fiction, Yee brings both a flair for comic timing and a sense of pathos.... The characters are complex and their friendships layered - they sweep readers up in their path." - Publishers Weekly

"Yee's strong point is character, and she shines here, creating a lovable cast of distinctive characters whose quirks complement each other in odd and productive ways.... A funny, tender coming-of-age story that will leave readers with a strong craving for tacos, this will be a sure hit with fans of Joan Bauer as well as for those who have grown up with and out of the author's Millicent Min." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Maybe's search takes her to unexpected places, and readers will absolutely enjoy the ride." - Horn Book

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Spring 2009
Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 0-439-83844-4
Price: $16.99 US / $18.99 CAN
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
Page Count: 288
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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