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Maybe Yes, Maybe No, Maybe Maybe

the jam in the sandwich Sometimes that's how PK feels, squeezed in between her supersmart older sister, Megan, and her superadorable younger sister, Rabbit -- especially now, with Megan almost a teenager and becoming impossible, and Rabbit worrying about going to kindergarten. Why can't people stay the same? But there's an even bigger change afoot: Mama has decided they should move to a larger apartment. How can they leave behind the big blue chair that's almost like a member of the family? But maybe, just maybe, in a new home PK can find out what makes her as special as her sisters.
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Gr 2-4‘PK's older sister may be Gifted, but this imaginative almost nine year old has some extraordinary talents of her own. Her storytelling abilities stand in good stead as the family moves to a new apartment, and her artistic touches make the place her own. No maybes‘a best. (Mar. 1993)

Caught between Megan, her beautiful and gifted older sister and Rabbit, her stubborn and inquisitive younger sibling, PK longs to preserve the family just as it is. But a new apartment and mysterious changes that seem to be causing shifts in her family relationships threaten the girl's hopes. In the manner of snapshots, the vignettes of PK's patchwork world are captured in brief, disarming chapters. At night PK gives Rabbit a bath, regaling her with the ``billions of stories'' she finds in the clothes hamper. She pours out confidences to her unusual, two-wheeled friend--Bike. She is a collector of cherry pits and ideas. PK's dreamy and determined character is endearing; her small revelations are the very stuff that growing up is made of. Devastated that a beloved blue armchair will be left behind for the new tenants, PK is cheered when she learns that it will receive an elegant new slipcover and ``a brand new start on life''--a metaphor that serves PK's life as well. Rendered in gentle shades of gray, Donahue's illustrations perfectly match Patron's low-key tone. In this quiet, charmingly told narrative album, a girl discovers that moving on does not mean everything gets lost along the way. Ages 8-10. (Apr.)

"Endearing...[A] quiet, charmingly told narrative." -- Publishers Weekly

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