Ages 9-13 / Middle grade fiction / Aladdin MIX / Simon & Schuster
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When I was in seventh grade, I was sure my mom's main goal was to humiliate me. Then I grew up to be a mom...and I realized how complicated the mother-daughter bond can be!
So I wrote TRAUMA QUEEN, about the tricky relationship between thirteen-year-old Marigold and her mom, Becca -- an unconventional, unpredictable (but loving) performance artist.
I'm thrilled that in their April/May 2011 issue, Discovery Girls magazine calls TRAUMA QUEEN "a laugh-out-loud look at family and friendship."
Want to read the first chapter? Check out my website, www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.
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"Marigold is tired of being the calm, mature one in her family. Her mom is a performance artist and stirs things up wherever they go. Now Marigold is determined to keep a low profile at her new school, until her mom steps in to teach improv right at her school! What mayhem will her mom cause this time? A laugh-out-loud look at family and friendship."
- Discovery Girls magazine, April/May 2011
"TRAUMA QUEEN made me giggle, cringe and cheer! With a main character you can root for, humor that will make you laugh out loud, poignant drama that tugs at your heart, and performance art galore, this story perfectly captures middle school family and friend dynamics. Bravo!"
- Erin Dionne, author of Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies and The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
"Funny, quirky and touching, with characters that leap off the page and into your heart. TRAUMA QUEEN gives us a mother-daughter relationship that will make you laugh, groan and cheer. Barbara Dee has mastered the knack of letting her characters be true to themselves and shine."
- Julia DeVillers, author of the Trading Faces and Liberty Porter series
A GirlsLife.com "GL Must Read"
1. Is Becca a dream mom or a "Mother of Doom"? How would it be to have a mom like Becca? Or a mom like Trisha Hartley?
2. Do you think Marigold is always fair to her mom? Do you think Becca is always unfair to her daughter? What do they need from each other? Why is it so hard for them to say it?
3. When Becca was a girl, was she like Marigold? Look at Marigold's friends - would Marigold be friends with the 13-year-old Becca? What does Marigold look for in a friend? Does she choose the same sort of friends that you do?
4. Marigold tells Layla that Becca's performances are "cool when it's not your mom." How are the rules different "when it's not your mom"? Do you expect your mom to behave differently from other women? Are there are as many rules of behavior for moms -- and grown-up women in general -- as there are for tween girls? Or are the rules basically the same?
5. Marigold says her "Thing" is "just this dumb thing I do to pass the time." Of course it's more than that. Why is it so important to her (even before Gram tells her where she got the material)? Which other characters have "Things"? What's yours?
To read the first chapter and keep up with Barbara via her blog, visit her website. You can follow her author page on Facebook and keep up via Twitter.
Author call-in info: Barbara Dee is available to call-in or Skype with your club. She can also meet with your group if you're in the New York City area. Email her directly to submit your request.