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The Goodbye Time

by Celeste Conway

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This is a perfect tween girl novel. Anna and her best friend Katy have always been close. Katy’s family includes an older brother with disabilities so severe that he is essentially a baby. Anna’s older brother is a fifteen year old genius on his way to Harvard. And the girls are graduating and moving on to middle school. This is a time of many changes and goodbyes – Katy’s older brother is institutionalized, the girls have a friend whose father has died, both girls are learning to let go of their childhoods. Conway writes sensitively and with compassion about what is happening to both Anna and Katy and their friendship. This book is sweet, loving and full of emotion. ( )
  YouthGPL | Oct 29, 2010 |
Anna and her best friend Katy love to play a secret game together where they pretend to be the characters in a television show. But when Katy's severely mentally handicapped brother has to be put in a facility, Katy takes out her frustration at Anna, whose life is much easier. Captures the intensity of friendships among tweens and their awkward and self-conscious transition from childhood to adulthood. ( )
  ChristianR | Apr 29, 2009 |
The close friendship of two eleven-year-old girls begins to unravel as each struggles to deal with a brother who is leaving home.
  prkcs | Apr 22, 2009 |
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AS LONG AS she can remember, Anna has lived in the same Upper West Side apartment with her parents and brother, Tom; she’s attended the same private school and had the same best friend, Katie. Katie has always loved hanging out with Anna’s family and escaping the tension in her own small apartment, where her single mom struggles to raise her severely mentally challenged brother.

But then something changes. Katie’s brother gets violent with her mother and now he’s going to live in a home. Suddenly Katie is angry with Anna, and just as quickly they’re not friends anymore. Anna’s mom tells her that Katie just needs someone to be mad at right now, and that everything will be okay, but Anna knows that she has entered the Goodbye Time—and things are changing faster than she can understand.

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The close friendship of two eleven-year-old girls, who live in New York City, begins to unravel as each struggles to deal with a brother who is leaving home.

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