Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E LambertFamily Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E Lambert

Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes

byMary E Lambert

Hardcover | February 28, 2017

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A debut middle-grade novel about throwing things out - and letting people in. Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes tackles a tough issue with a light, accessible touch and writing that sparkles with heart.

Annabelle has a five-mile rule: She must keep her friends from coming within five miles of her home. That's because Annabelle's mom is a hoarder. Their house is full of stuff: canned goods, broken toys, old newspapers . . . It's everywhere except for Annabelle's spotless room.

Annabelle can't let anyone find out what her house is like. They'll realize that her mom is crazy. They'll make fun of her. Or feel sorry for her. Or try to help.

But when the newspaper piles come crashing down on her sister's head one morning, it kicks off an epic fight between her parents that ends up with her dad taking off - and her fix-it-all grandmother stepping in.

As Annabelle realizes how bad things have gotten for her little sister, while trying to navigate her first crush, not to mention stay sane herself, she's forced to come to terms with the fact that maybe she can't keep all her secrets to herself. Maybe she can't just throw her mom's things out . . . maybe she has to let some people in.

Mary E. Lambert is a middle school English teacher at a charter school in Tempe, Arizona. Last summer, she graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in children's writing. This is her first novel. Follow her on Twitter at @MaryUncontrary.
Title:Family Game Night and Other CatastrophesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.53 × 5.77 × 0.86 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545931983

ISBN - 13:9780545931984


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and serious at the same time For a first-time novellist, Ms Lambert has done a great job of making the story both funny and pathetic at the same time, all while ensuring that the characters sound and act like real people. The main character's reaction to situations reminded me very much of how it was like as a teenager. I think that many early teens and even pre-teens would enjoy this book
Date published: 2017-03-07

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes:"Annabelle's smart, perceptive voice is fresh and realistic. Well-drawn and sympathetic characters (even, eventually, Annabelle's parents) drive this immersive tale. This debut story is a standout."-- Kirkus Reviews"This poignant tale with an authentic and memorable narrator will resonate with many young readersâ??whether they have personal experiences with hoarding or not. Move this to the top of the realistic fiction purchase list in libraries serving middle graders."-- School Library Journal"Gutsy and affecting. A believably hopeful ending reinforces the story's call to face problems rather than hide or run from them, and to ask for help from othersâ??especially family." -- Publishers Weekly"Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes is a heartfelt exploration of family and friendship, adolescence and sisterhood; it is a touching and real portrait of the beautiful mess that love and life can sometimes be."-- Dan Gemeinhart, author of The Honest Truth"Brave, honest and heartfelt. With grace and humor, the author tackles the overlooked subject of hoarding and gives us a loving portrait of a family in the process of healing.â?-- Phoebe Stone, author of The Boy on Cinnamon Street